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Secondary Data Analysis$
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Thomas P. Vartanian

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195388817

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388817.001.0001

Advantages, Disadvantages, Feasibility, and Appropriateness of Using Secondary Data

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(p.13) 3 Advantages, Disadvantages, Feasibility, and Appropriateness of Using Secondary Data
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Secondary Data Analysis
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Thomas P. Vartanian

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388817.003.0003

This chapter examines factors to consider when thinking about using large secondary data sets. These include advantages of using such data, e.g., cost and time advantages; the ability to follow people over a long period of time as can be done with longitudinal data sets that already span a great number of decades; the packaging of the data into SAS, SPSS, STATA, and other formats, facilitating data programming and analysis; and the ability to do a number of research projects from a single data set. Some disadvantages include lack of control over the framing and wording of survey items, potentially small sample sizes for particular populations, and an inability to recontact the survey respondent. The chapter also presents a list of questions to determine whether using secondary data is both feasible and appropriate given the research study.

Keywords:   secondary data sets, SAS, SPSS, STATA, data programming, data analysis, research projects

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