Main Survey

Datafiles

Find the variables you need for your research by searching by variable name, by data file or by index term. If you’re new to using Understanding Society our Getting Started Guide will help you start working with the dataset. Our list of key variables for the analysis of individual response data may also help you.

Datafile Description
indall

Information for all persons in household, incl. children and non-respondents

child

Contains information about respondent’s children

egoalt

Kin and other relationships between pairs of individuals in the household

hhresp

Substantive data from responding households

indresp

Substantive data for responding adults (16+), incl. proxies

youth

Substantive data from youth questionnaire (age 11-15)

income

Income and payment information

empstat

Employment history

lifemst

Contains information about employment status spells

lifejob

Contains information about jobs held in employment spells

jobhist

Employment history

cohab

Information about previous spells of cohabitation

marriage

Information about previous marriages

cohabit

Information about previous spells of cohabitation

marriag

Information about previous marriage

natchild

Information about natural children

adopt

Adopted and step-child information

newborn

Information about each newborn child

childnt

Information about natural children

childad

Adopted and step-child information

chmain

Details of child maintenance

parstyle

Details of parenting styles

indsamp

Contains individual-level data for issued households

hhsamp

Sample and Household level data for issued households

callrec

Call records

issue

Information about households issued to interviewers

jobhstd

Contains information from the employment history, based on dependent interviewing

xivdata

Interviewer characteristics

xwavedat

Stable characteristics of individuals

xivdata_bh

Interviewer characteristics (BHPS)

xwaveid

Individual and household identifiers across all waves

xwaveid_bh

Individual and household identifiers across all waves (BHPS)

xwlsten

Contains information on the latest known sample status of individuals