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A New Resource for Social Scientists: Exploring Trends Over Time Using the British Social Attitudes and British Crime Surveys

Title
A New Resource for Social Scientists: Exploring Trends Over Time Using the British Social Attitudes and British Crime Surveys
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Stephen Farrall # Sheffield University; Hosted by: Sociology # University of Edinburgh
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Date and Time
3rd Feb 2016 11:00 - 3rd Feb 2016 13:00
Location
CMB - practice suite, 1st floor
URL
http://www.sociology.ed.ac.uk/events2/seminar_series/2015_2016/a_new_resource_for_social_scientists_exploring_trends_over_time_using_the_british_social_attitudes_and_british_crime_surveys

As part of an ESRC-funded research project exploring the long-term impacts of Thatcherite social and economic policies on crime rates in England and Wales, my colleagues and I needed to construct a series of datasets from existing data sources. Two of the most valuable of these - from both our perspective and that of the wider social science community - was the merging of the entire BSAS run (from 1983 until 2012) and the entire BSC (now Crime Survey for England & Wales, from 1982 until 2012). These data were retained at the individual level, with standardised variable names, labels, codings etc, thereby permitting the easy use of these data. The data could be used by those who either wished to model processes of social change at the cohort level (eg birth year), or those who want to develop models at the macro level and run, for example, times series models. In this talk, I will outline a little about what each of the datasets contains, how each data set is structured, how one may want to either use or extend the data sets, provide some caveats to their use, and explain how colleagues can access the data sets.

 

Click here to download Farrall's powerpoint slides for the talk

and...

Click here for more information about the Long-term Trajectories of Crime in the UK project

 

Here's the video of the talk:

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