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Can you trust survey responses? Evidence using objective health measures

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  • Suziedelyte, Agne
  • Johar, Meliyanni

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We investigate the common assumption in applied research that reporting errors are negligible in variables where there is no clear incentive for misreporting. Using major medical operations, we find high misreporting rates, but the coefficients of their predictors remain unbiased.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 121 (2013)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 163-166

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:121:y:2013:i:2:p:163-166

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Keywords: Measurement error; Health; Socio economic status;

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