The Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset: using record linkage to create a longitudinal sample from a series of cross-sections

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Australian and New Zealand Journal of Statistics, 2017, 59 (1), pp. 1 - 16
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© 2017 Australian Statistical Publishing Association Inc. Published by John Wiley & Sons Australia Pty Ltd. The Australian Bureau of Statistics is creating a longitudinal sample, called the Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset (ACLD), by linking person records across its five-yearly Census of Population and Housing. This paper proposes a Multi-Panel framework for selecting and weighting records in the ACLD. This framework can be applied more generally to selecting longitudinal samples from a series of cross-sectional administrative files. The proposed framework avoids some significant limitations of the popular ‘Top-Up’ sampling approach to maintaining the cross-sectional and longitudinal representativeness of a sample over time.
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