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Family Resources Survey data linking (WP110)

Evaluating approaches to linking Family Resources Survey (FRS) data with Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) administrative data.

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Working Paper No. 110

By Stephen McKay

This report provides an investigation into evaluating approaches to linking Family Resources Survey (FRS) data with Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) administrative data.

Measurement error exists on a survey when respondents do not report their true status. The purpose of data linking examined here is to use administrative data to correct measurement error. Minimising measurement error will improve accuracy for the FRS. This is important because it has two important functions:

  • supporting the production of key National statistics such as Households Below Average Income (HBAI)
  • a dataset that is available for use by both Government policy analysts and external researchers.

The report also assesses the extent of consent bias and methods of dealing with any resulting bias.