Getting Started: Analysing HILDA with Stata


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Kathryn Ryan

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HILDA Training

A 3-day hands-on introductory HILDA Survey training course will be held on 26-28 September 2017 at the University of Melbourne. An optional half-day introduction to Stata will also be provided on 25 September for those that have not used Stata before.

Course information

This 3-day training course is designed for people who are interested in using the HILDA Survey data but have not yet done so. It will take a descriptive research problem such as “What happens to single mothers who receive Parenting Payment Single? Do they stay on the program from one year to the next? Do they move to another income support program? Do they leave income support?” and go through all the steps necessary to answer questions such as these. We begin with the latest HILDA Release and assume participants have relatively little experience in working with large data sets. The training will then cover the following topics:

  • Accessing the data
  • Finding the right data
  • Visualising the data
  • Merging household and individual data
  • Dealing with missing values
  • Using imputed values
  • Creating analysis variables from HILDA data
  • Applying weights
  • Generating descriptive statistics in the panel context
  • Understanding data patterns in the panel context
  • Answering the question

There will be scope within the course to deal with individual questions which participants might have about data extraction and structure in panel data contexts.

Course instructors

The course will be presented by Professor Robert Breunig and Mark O’Shea.

Professor Robert Breunig is a member of the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. His primary applied research interests are in analysing individual and firm behaviour, evaluating government tax and transfer programs and analysing large data sets.

Mr Mark O’Shea is part of the HILDA Survey team at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne. Mark joined the HILDA team in 2016 and provides imputation and data support.


You do not need to have used the HILDA data or Stata before. You should have some experience with a statistical software package, such as SAS, SPSS or Stata. While the course will be taught in Stata, SAS equivalent code will be provided.

Course details

Location: Alice Hoy Building, University of Melbourne (lab to be advised)

Date and time: Tuesday 26 September to Thursday 28 September 2017, 9.15am – 4.00pm (registration is from 8.45am on Tuesday)

Monday 25 September 2017 – A short 'Introduction to Stata' for those who have little or no Stata experience, 1.30-4pm (registration is from 1.00pm).

Catering: Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided each day

Fees: $880 ($580 PhD and Masters students) - includes GST


Places are limited. Cancellations within 5 working days prior to the start of the training will not be refunded.

Please click here to register and pay for the course now.

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