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Accessing the new earnings survey panel: Efficient techniques and applications
Thesis
Ritchie, F. (2005). Accessing the new earnings survey panel: Efficient techniques and applications. (Thesis). University of Stirling

The New Earnings Survey Panel Dataset is one of the largest datasets of its kind in the world. Its size and confidentiality restrictions present considerable difficulties for analysis using standard econometric packages. This thesis presents... Read More about Accessing the new earnings survey panel: Efficient techniques and applications.

What is a manufacturing job?
Working Paper
Ritchie, F., Thomas, A., & Welpton, R. (2012). What is a manufacturing job?

Policy initiatives in the UK targeting manufacturing industries have for a number of years been driven by a perceived importance of this sector to the economy. In order to target such policies, it is important to establish the true size of this secto... Read More about What is a manufacturing job?.

Behavioural aspects of the national minimum wage: Measuring and interpreting behaviour in the low-wage labour market
Working Paper
Fry, S., & Ritchie, F. (2013). Behavioural aspects of the national minimum wage: Measuring and interpreting behaviour in the low-wage labour market

Report for LPC on how low pay is measured in official data sources. Finds that (a) employers tend to 'round' hourly pay rates, suggesting scope for rent-sharing in these low-paying jobs, and/or high transactions costs associated with wage-setting; an... Read More about Behavioural aspects of the national minimum wage: Measuring and interpreting behaviour in the low-wage labour market.

Can a change in attitudes improve effective access to administrative data for research?
Working Paper
Ritchie, F. (2016). Can a change in attitudes improve effective access to administrative data for research?

The re-use of administrative data for social research holds great potential. From a privacy perspective, administrative data present some additional challenges, including lack of consent, existence of matching databases, and the association with data... Read More about Can a change in attitudes improve effective access to administrative data for research?.

Hellenic statistical authority mission on microdata access: Final report
Report
Ritchie, F. Hellenic statistical authority mission on microdata access: Final report

A mission was convened to review current data access practices at the Hellenic Statistical Authority and make recommendations for future development. The resulting report defines a complete data access strategy for the Greek NSI. The report uses the... Read More about Hellenic statistical authority mission on microdata access: Final report.

User-focused threat identification for anonymised microdata
Working Paper
Hafner, H., Lenz, R., & Ritchie, F. (2015). User-focused threat identification for anonymised microdata

When producing anonymised microdata for research, national statistics institutes (NSIs) identify a number of 'risk scenarios' of how intruders might seek to attack a confidential dataset. This paper argues that the strategy used to identify confident... Read More about User-focused threat identification for anonymised microdata.

Operationalising ‘safe statistics’: The case of linear regression
Working Paper
Ritchie, F. (2014). Operationalising ‘safe statistics’: The case of linear regression

The recent growth in research access to confidential government microdata has prompted the development of more general 'output-based statistical disclosure control' (OSDC) methods which go beyond tabular protection. Central to OSDC is the concept of... Read More about Operationalising ‘safe statistics’: The case of linear regression.

Addressing the human factor in data access: Incentive compatibility, legitimacy and cost-effectiveness in public data resources
Working Paper
Ritchie, F., & Welpton, R. (2014). Addressing the human factor in data access: Incentive compatibility, legitimacy and cost-effectiveness in public data resources

Traditional models of incentivising people suggest that positive incentives are more effective than negative ones. We argue that in data access the opposite can be true, as the assumptions made at the design stage can fundamentally change the user en... Read More about Addressing the human factor in data access: Incentive compatibility, legitimacy and cost-effectiveness in public data resources.