Getting started: Analysing HILDA with Stata

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198 Berkeley St (The Spot Building)
University of Melbourne


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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 June 2018 at the University of Melbourne. An optional half-day introduction to Stata will also be provided on 25 June 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.

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. You will need to apply for, and be approved to use, HILDA General Release 16. To apply for approval you must go through the ADA website for HILDA (link).


Places are limited. Please register for the course here. You can express your interest with before 15 June 2018, however, payment must be made within 5 working days of registering your interest to secure your place. Cancellations within 5 working days prior to the start of the training will not be refunded.

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Course details

Location: 198 Berkeley Street (The Spot), University of Melbourne (lab to be advised)

Date and time: Tuesday 26 June to Thursday 28 June 2018, 9.15am – 4pm

Monday 25 June – A short ‘Introduction to Stata’ for those who have little or no Stata experience, 1.30-4.30pm

Catering: Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided

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

Registration: Places are limited. Please register here.

Cancellations: Cancellations within 5 working days prior to the start of the training will not be refunded