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Title: Methods for analysing complex panel data using multilevel models with an application to the Brazilian labour force survey
Author: Veiga, Alinne de Carvalho
ISNI:       0000 0004 2703 3806
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 2010
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Data sets commonly used in the social sciences are often obtained by sample surveys with complex designs. These designs usually incorporate a multistage selection from a population with a natural hierarchical structure. In addition, these surveys can also be carried out in a repeated manner including a rotating panel design, which is a source of planned non-response. Unplanned non-response is also present in panel data in the form of panel attrition and intermittent nonresponse. Methods are developed to handle this type of data complexity. These methods follow the Multilevel Model framework which is reviewed. Longitudinal growth curve models accounting for the complex data hierarchy are tted. Recognizing the need to account for the complex correlation structure present in the data, multivariate multilevel models are then adopted. Alternative modied correlation structures accounting for the rotating sample design are proposed. Multivariate multilevel models are tted utilizing these alternative correlation structures. In addition, models estimated using robust methods are compared with those estimated using standard methods. A method for calculating a set of longitudinal sample weights that accounts for attrition is proposed. Models utilising the conditional sample weights and longitudinal weights are tted using the Probability-weighted Iterative Generalized Least Squares (PWIGLS) estimation method. Furthermore, an extension to PWIGLS for multivariate multilevel models is developed. Models tted through dierent estimation methods are compared and the best approaches are suggested. Data from the Brazilian labour force survey, Pesquisa Mensal de Emprego (PME) are used. The PME has a complex sampling design that includes a multistage selection of the sample units and a rotating panel design characterised as 4-8-4. The methods developed are used to investigate the labour income dynamics of employed heads of households in the PME survey.
Supervisor: Smith, Peter Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: HT Communities. Classes. Races ; HD Industries. Land use. Labor ; HA Statistics