Observational Data

  • Heather Brown


In this chapter we discuss the different types of data available for analysis. Looking at administrative, household surveys, longitudinal, and cross-sectional data, we identify different datasets available from high income countries. We also discuss some of the strengths and weaknesses of the different types of data. Finally, we outline the use of linked data (administrative and household surveys), which are a powerful tool for addressing many public health questions.


Administrative Household surveys Linked data 

References and Further Reading

  1. Smith, G., Noble, M., Anttila, C., Gill, L., Zaidi, A., Wright, G., … Barnes, H. (2004). The value of linked administrative records for longitudinal analysis, Report to the ESRC National Longitudinal Strategy Committee Van den. In Unemployment dynamics and duration dependence in France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, in “The Economic Journal”.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heather Brown
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  1. 1.Newcastle UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK

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