Getting Started: Analysing HILDA with Stata

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Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University (lab to be advised)


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Nicole Watson

T: +61 3 8344 2088

HILDA training

This course is sold out

A 3-day hands-on introductory HILDA Survey training course will be held on 4-6 February 2020 at the Australian National University in Canberra. An optional half-day introduction to Stata will also be provided on 3 February 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 are still finding their feet. 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 Nicole Watson.

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.

Associate Professor Nicole Watson is part of the HILDA Survey team at the Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne. She has worked on the HILDA project since 2000 and has been involved in many stages of the survey process, including the sample design, weighting, imputation, survey management and data processing.


You do not need to have used the HILDA data or Stata before. You should have some programming 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 after the course. You will need to apply for, and be approved to use, HILDA General Release 18 (available in December 2019). If you have any questions about these pre-requisites or wish to discuss them further, please contact Nicole Watson.


Places are limited. Registrations close 5pm 24 January 2020 unless all of the places are taken earlier. Please register for this course here.

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Course details

Location: Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University (lab to be advised)

Date and time: Tuesday 4 February to Thursday 6 February, 9.15am - 4.00pm

Plus optional: Monday 3 February - a short 'Introduction to Stata' for those who have little to no Stata experience, 1.30-4.30pm

Catering: Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided

Fees: $990 ($660 PhD and Masters students intending to use longitudinal data in their thesis)

Registration: Places are limited. Please register here