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To complete the study, we need to know how the numbers of people moving from local authority housing to owner-occupation have changed over time, so we need to produce the same table for the period 1981-1991. In this case we can use the 1991 ethnicity for all sample members, so the sample is less constrained than it was when we needed members to be present at each of the 1971, 1981 and 1991 censuses.

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It is noticeable that the percentage of people moving from local authority housing to owner-occupation in the period 1981-1991 has increased overall when compared to the period 1971-1981 (from 24.5% to 41.4%). The same sort of change is observed in each of the ethnic groups except for the Indian, Pakistani and Banglasdeshi groups where the confidence intervals for 1981-1991 overlap those for 1971-1981.

We have made a start on answering our study question using the LS. It is clear that, for many ethnic groups, the sample sizes are too low to allow us to determine the proportion of owner-occupiers precisely, so our capacity to compare results between ethnic groups is limited.

Furthermore, we have seen that in this case, even when we augment the sample, by adding people who were not present in 1991 but who were coded for ETHOR7, the larger sample sizes do not allow us to make any new distinctions between groups. However, that does not mean that this technique would not yield results in other studies.