Migration and Housing Choice in Scotland, 1990

Alternative Title: 
Migration and Housing Choice Survey, 1990

The purpose of the survey was to discover the intentionality, i.e. the motivation behind household migration patterns and use the data for academic research and to inform decision-making by urban and regional planning agencies in both the public and private sector.

This national survey of Scotland was collected by means of a 25% random sample of purchasers of a private-sector house, excluding sales to sitting public-sector tenants. This large survey (10,010 cases) provides the following key information on migration in Scotland:

  • the location of the workplace of main and second wage earners
  • car ownership
  • the location of current and previous home
  • reason for moving.
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Data Creator: 
Jean Forbes (Strathclyde University)
Alison McCleery & Emma Forster (Napier University)
Peter Burnhill (University of Edinburgh. Data Library)
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Cross-sectional (one-time) study:

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Machine-readable codebook in MS-Word. Hardcopy questionnaires, codebook and sampling procedures also available from the UK Data Service.


This dataset was originally archived at Edinburgh University Data Library. Heather Ewington, Data Library, University of Edinburgh was technical data advisor responsible for merging data from each local authority. Financial help for this survey was also given by Scottish local authorities.

The title of the dataset held at the UK Data Service is: Migration and Housing Choice Survey, 1990

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