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Exploring the probabilistic link between the Household Labour Force Survey and the Linked Employer-Employee Dataset

A. McLeish Martin
Statistics New Zealand
info@stats.govt.nz 

Abstract

Statistics New Zealand’s quarterly Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) is used to produce official estimates of the numbers of employed and unemployed people, those not in the labour force, and the official unemployment rate for New Zealand. A recent Statistics NZ feasibility study created a probabilistic link between this survey data and administrative data in the Linked Employer-Employee Data (LEED) dataset. The link covers respondents in the HLFS from the December 2006 quarter to the March 2010 quarter, and those same individuals’ LEED records from April 1999 to December 2009. This linked data has allowed the creation of research datasets comparing, at a unit record level, a respondent’s labour force status in the HLFS with their employment and benefit status in LEED. This paper explains how the data was linked, explores the results of these comparisons, and discusses the possible use of administrative data in the HLFS if a live link between the two datasets were to be created.

Keywords

Labour market, unemployment, employment
JEL Code: J21

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