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Interview Conditions and Bias Caused by the Presence of a Third Party in Responses to the ERFI Survey


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  • Arnaud Régnier-Loilier


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    In order to reduce biases, surveyors are instructed to ensure that interviews are conducted on a person-to-person basis, without the presence of third parties. However, they cannot impose the interview conditions. We thus describe as accurately as possible the interview conditions for each interview in order to be able to evaluate bias in the responses. The methodology used for the Study of Family and Intergenerational Relationships (ERFI) carried out by INED and INSEE in 2005 allows us to describe the interview conditions more accurately than in other surveys. While the results appear to suggest that it is ultimately preferable for interviews to take place with the spouse in attendance, contrary to the instructions given to interviewees, the presence of a third party  particularly that of the interviewee's spouse  gives rise to a lesser enumeration of past marital events, mainly by the male partner.

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    Article provided by Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques in its journal Economie et Statistique.

    Volume (Year): 407 (2008)
    Issue (Month): (April)
    Pages: 27-49

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    Handle: RePEc:crs:ecosta:es407b

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    1. François de Singly & Michel Glaude, 1986. "L'organisation domestique : pouvoir et négociation," Économie et Statistique, Programme National Persée, Programme National Persée, vol. 187(1), pages 3-30.
    2. Ariane Pailhé & Anne Solaz, 2007. "L'enquête familles et employeurs : Protocole d'une double enquête et bilan de collecte," Working Papers, Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED) 143, Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED).
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