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Activity Number: 89
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Sunday, August 1, 2010 : 4:00 PM to 5:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Survey Research Methods
Abstract - #309451
Title: Modelling the UK Labour Force Survey using a Structural Time Series Model
Author(s): Ping Zong*+ and Julian Chow and Denise Silva and Paul Smith and Gary Brown
Companies: Office for National Statistics UK and Office for National Statistics UK and Office for National Statistics UK and Office for National Statistics UK and Office for National Statistics UK
Address: Cardiff Road, Government Building, Newport, NP10 8XG, United Kingdom
Keywords: Labour Force Series ; Panel Survey ; Rotating Group Bias ; Univariate Structural Time Series Model

The UK Labour Force Survey (LFS) is a quarterly survey based on a rotating panel design, which generates about 80% sample overlap between two successive quarters and can induce correlated sampling errors and rotation group bias (RGB). The standard time series analysis packages fail to account for the effect of the sampling error autocorrelation (SEA) and the use of these procedures may produce spurious trends. This paper represents the first attempt to set up a structural time series model for the UK Labour Force Survey series that accounts for the correlation between panel estimates. The proposed model is a first step towards the development of a state-space model to estimate the rotation group effects and discontinuities that may arise due to the transferring of the LFS to the Integrated Household Survey.

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