Negotiating the Life Course, 2006, Wave 4

TypeCollection
TitleNegotiating the Life Course, 2006, Wave 4
Brief TitleNLC 2006
Alternate TitleNegotiating the Life Course Project
Collection TypeDataset
Access PrivilegesNegotiating the Life Course
DOI - Digital Object Identifier10.4225/13/50BBF0FDA6C7A
Website Addresshttp://nlc.anu.edu.au/
Metadata LanguageEnglish
Data LanguageEnglish
Brief DescriptionThe Negotiating the Life Course Project is designed to study the changing life courses and decision-making processes of Australian men and women as the family and society move from male breadwinner orientation in the direction of higher levels of gender equity.


The project has six aims:

*to extend the theories of human capital and new home economics in explaining women's and men's labour force participation;

*to map women's and men's work trajectories over their life course, from career entry into retirement, and to develop explanatory models of career trajectories;

*to identify those aspects of the family-household system and the labour market that facilitate or impede women's involvement with the labour market;

*to investigate the interrelationships between labour force decisions about family formation and household arrangements;

*to identify the portfolio of resources that women and men draw upon throughout their lives when making decisions about career and family;

*to assess the policy implications of the findings of the project for the institutions of the welfare state, the labour market and the family.

Full DescriptionNegotiating the Life Course (NLC) is a longitudinal study undertaken by the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute, Australian National University and the School of Social Science, University of Queensland.

NLC is designed to study the changing life courses and decision-making processes of Australian men and women as the family and society move from male breadwinner orientation in the direction of higher levels of gender equity. The project has six aims; to extend the theories of human capital and new home economics in explaining women's and men's labour force participation; to map women's and men's work trajectories over their life course, from career entry into retirement, and to develop explanatory models of career trajectories; to identify those aspects of the family-household system and the labour market that facilitate or impede women's involvement with the labour market; to investigate the interrelationships between labour force decisions about family formation and household arrangements; to identify the portfolio of resources that women and men draw upon throughout their lives when making decisions about career and family; and to assess the policy implications of the findings of the project for the institutions of the welfare state, the labour market and the family.

Detailed information has been gathered relating to lifetime experiences of paid employment, education and training, relationships and childbearing. Considerable information has also been gathered in relation to current employment and training, child care, household division of labour, caring and voluntary work, and a range of attitudes, values and expectations. In addition, standard socio-demographic descriptors are obtained.

Wave 1 was conducted in 1996, Wave 2 in 2000, Wave 3 in 2003, and this fourth wave in 2006. Variables across the waves include relationship and fertility histories, household work, child care arrangements, future objectives, attitudes to work, promotion, children and relationships. Two new modules were included in this round - a series of questions was asked about grandparenting, and a youth module was included. A contact matrix was also included for this round of interviews. Background variables across the waves include parental country of birth, employment, occupation and education, respondent's and spouse's place of residence, education, income, housing, religion, health status, birthplace, marital status and household composition.

The procedure for calculating weights in Wave 4 was slightly different to that used in Waves 2 and 3 as the Wave 4 sample contained two different types of respondents; continuing respondents who had first been interviewed in Wave 1 (N=1,138), plus an additional sample of new respondents who were first interviewed in Wave 4 (N=2,000). The 2,000 new cases were selected using Random Digit Dialling. There was a quota sample by age. Those aged 18-26 were oversampled (sampling target of 629) to boost numbers in the younger age group.

The data gathered in Wave 2 is available at the Australian Data Archive (ADA) in a variety of formats.


Contact Emailnlc@anu.edu.au
Contact AddressNegotiating the Life Course Project
Australian Demographic & Social Research Institute
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200

Contact Phone Number+61 2 6125 1549
Contact Fax Number+61 2 6125 3031
Principal InvestigatorPeter McDonald
CollaboratorsAnn Evans, Janeen Baxter, Deborah Mitchell, Edith Gray, Jennifer Baxter
Fields of Research160301 - Family and Household Studies
1608 - Sociology
160805 - Social Change
Socio-Economic Objective940501 - Employment Patterns and Change
970116 - Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
KeywordsCareers
Child care
Education
Employment
Family
Fertility
Gender
Health
Home economics
Housing
Human capital
Human relations
Income
Marriage
Occupations
Religion
Type of Research ActivityPure basic research
Date Coverage
Date FromDate To
20062006
Time Period2006
Geospatial Location
Location TypeLocation Value
iso19139dcmiBoxname=Australia; northlimit=-9.221084; southlimit=-54.777218; westlimit=112.921454; eastlimit=159.105459
Date of data creation2006
Year of data publication2008
Creator(s) for Citation
Given NameSurname
PeterMcDonald
AnnEvans
JaneenBaxter
DeborahMitchell
EdithGray
JenniferBaxter
Publisher for CitationAustralian Data Archive
Related Websites
URLTitle
http://nlc.anu.edu.au/Negotiating the Life Course
http://lifecourse.anu.edu.au/publications/index.phpNegotiating the Life Course publications
http://lifecourse.anu.edu.au/data.phpNegotiating the Life Course codebooks and updates
http://adsri.anu.edu.au/Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute
http://www.ada.edu.au/ada/01122Australian Data Archive
Access RightsIt is a citation requirement that all manuscripts based in whole or in part on these data should: (i) identify the data, original investigators and data distributors by including the bibliographic reference for the data file as McDonald, P. Negotiating the Life Course, 1997 [computer file]. Canberra: Australian Social Science Data Archive, The Australian National University, 1997; and (ii) declare that those who carried out the original analysis and collection of the data bear no responsibility for the further analysis or interpretation of them. Queries concerning rights and reproduction/re-use of the data should be directed to ada@anu.edu.au. Queries concerning the data should be directed to nlc@anu.edu.au or by phoning +61 (0)2 6125 1549.

Rights statement
© Australian National University, 1987.

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Retention PeriodIndefinitely
Data Size11.6Mb SPSS Portable; 37Mb Stata v8; 37Mb Stata v7; 17.1Mb Nesstar Publisher; 17.1Mb NSDStat; 31.6Mb DIF; 11.8Mb dBase; 11.8Mb Fixed width text; 10.7Mb Delimited; 11.9Mb SAS; 11.2Mb CSV File
Status: Published
Published To:
- Australian National Data Service
Identifier: anudc:3335
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