Getting started: Analysing HILDA with Stata

Online (Via Zoom)

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Associate Professor Nicole Watson

HILDA training

A hands-on introductory HILDA Survey training course will be held online via Zoom across six morning sessions on 8th - 15th September 2021. An optional half-day introduction to Stata will also be provided on 3rd September for those that have not used Stata before.

This 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 and go through all the steps necessary to answer the research questions involved.

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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 Associate Professor 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 & Social Research, The University of Melbourne. She has worked on the HILDA project since 2000 and has been responsible for the sample design, weighting, imputation and survey management.


To participate in this online course, you will need to:

  • Join the classes via Zoom
  • Use Slido to ask questions (outside of class time if needed) and be involved in polls (in class)
  • Have Stata (Version 14, 15 or 16) on your computer (student licenses can be provided if needed)
  • Apply for and be approved to use HILDA General Release 17
  • Have HILDA General Release 17 on your computer
  • Have some experience writing syntax in a statistical software (such as SAS, SPSS, or Stata)
  • Preferably have two screens (or two devices) so that you can be participating in the Zoom session on one screen and using Stata on the other

Places are limited. Registrations close 5pm 1st September 2021 unless all of the places are taken earlier. Cancellations after 5pm 1st September 2021 will not be refunded.

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Other training currently available:

Introduction to the HILDA Survey (Held virtually via Zoom)

Introduction to Panel Data Analysis (Held virtually via Zoom)