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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

SOCM026: Using Longitudinal Data in Family Policy Studies

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Basic reading:


Allison, P. D. (2014). Event History and Survival Analysis: Regression for Longitudinal Event Data (2nd Edition). Thousands Oaks, CA: Sage Publications Inc.

Berrington, A. (2004) Perpetual postponers? Women's, men’s and couple’s fertility intentions and subsequent fertility behaviour. Population Trends, 117: 9-19. 

Box-Steffensmeier, J. & Jones, B. S. (2004). Event History Modeling: A Guide for Social Scientists. Cambridge University Press.

Ermisch, J. & Francesconi, M. (2013). The Effect of Parental Employment on Child Schooling. Journal of Applied Econometrics, 28: 796–822.

Hsiao, C. (2003). Analysis of Panel Data (2nd Edition). Cambridge University Press.

Kaplan, A. & Stier, H. (2017). Political economy of family life: couple’s earnings, welfare regime and union dissolution. Social Science Research, 61: 43-56.

Kristman, V. L., Manno, M., & Côté, P. (2005). Methods to account for attrition in longitudinal data: Do they work? A simulation study. European Journal of Epidemiology, 20 (8), 657–662.

Singer, J. D. & Willett, J. B. (2003). Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis: Modeling Change and Event Occurrence. Oxford University Press. 



Web based and electronic resources:

UK Data Services -

Generations and Gender Programme -


Other resources:


There are a range of data sets that will be used in the course:


British Household Panel Survey: Waves 1-18, 1991-2009 

Understanding Society: Waves 1-6, 2009-2015 

GGP: Waves 1-2.