Introduction to Longitudinal Research

Pub. Date: 2004-01-14
Publisher(s): Taylor & Francis
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One of the major changes in the social science research landscape in recent years has been the introduction of computerized panel surveys in Europe and the US which make longitudinal data widely available to graduate students for the first time. Elisabetta Ruspini here provides a concise yet comprehensive introduction to the issues involved in this kind of research.

Table of Contents

List of tables/figures
Longitudinal Research
What is longitudinal research?
The need for a definition
The development of longitudinal research: an historical overview
Longitudinal data; characteristics and analytical advantages
Repeated cross-sectional data
Panel design
Event orientated observation design (Event History data)
'Qualitative' longitudinal sources
The issues of data collection and comparability within longitudinal research: some examples
Prospective studies
An example of good practices: the BHPS
Retrospective studies
How to develop, 'qualitatively', a life course study: the German Life History study (GLHS)
The issue of comparability within longitudinal research (European Community Household Panel, PACO project, PSID - GSOEP equivalent data file, EPAG data sets, CHER project)
Ex ante attempts
Ex post attempts
Some problems connected with longitudinal research
The limitations of repeated cross-sectional design
Problems connected with panel design
Timing and error reduction
Retrospective design and its drawbacks
Costs and timing of longitudinal research
Longitudinal Analysis
An overview of the major techniques needed to perform longitudinal analysis
Time series analysis for repeated cross-sectional data
Structural Equation Models
Log-linear and Markov Models of categorical longitudinal data
Multilevel analysis
Event history analysis
Sequence analysis
Description and characteristics of longitudinal data sets in Europe, Russia and North-America in chronological order
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