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To Weight or Not To Weight? A Statistical Analysis of How Weights Affect the Reliability of the Quarterly National Household Survey for Immigration Research in Ireland

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  • Nancy Duong Nguyen

    (University College Dublin)

  • Patrick Murphy

    (University College Dublin)

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Ireland has an immigrant population that is proportionally among the largest in the EU. Considering the impact this has had on Irish society, a surprisingly small amount of quantitative research has been performed to date. This paper evaluates the effectiveness of the weighting schemes associated with the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS), the primary data source for immigration research in Ireland. This is the first time that the QNHS weighting mechanism has been formally evaluated in the literature. Our analysis shows that there are significant issues relating to the weighting mechanism. This has major consequences for quantitative research on immigration in Ireland.

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  • Nancy Duong Nguyen & Patrick Murphy, 2015. "To Weight or Not To Weight? A Statistical Analysis of How Weights Affect the Reliability of the Quarterly National Household Survey for Immigration Research in Ireland," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 46(4), pages 567-603.
  • Handle: RePEc:eso:journl:v:46:y:2015:i:4:p:567-603
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    1. Alan Barrett & Adele Bergin & Elish Kelly, 2011. "Estimating the Impact of Immigration on the Wages in Ireland," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 42(1), pages 01-26.
    2. Russell, Helen & Quinn, Emma & King O'Riain, Rebecca & McGinnity, Frances, 2008. "The Experience of Discrimination in Ireland: Analysis of the QNHS Equality Module," Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), number BKMNEXT120.
    3. Alan Barrett & Eilish Kelly, 2008. "How Reliable is the Quarterly National Household Survey for Migration Research?," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 39(3), pages 191-205.
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