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An econometric method of correcting for unit nonresponse bias in surveys

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  • Korinek, Anton
  • Mistiaen, Johan A.
  • Ravallion, Martin

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Past approaches to correcting for unit nonresponse in sample surveys by re-weighting the data assume that the problem is ignorable within arbitrary subgroups of the population. Theory and evidence suggest that this assumption is unlikely to hold, and that household characteristics such as income systematically affect survey compliance. The authors show that this leaves a bias in the re-weighted data and they propose a method of correcting for this bias. The geographic structure of nonresponse rates allows them to identify a micro compliancefunction, which they then use to re-weight the unit-record data. An example is given for the U.S. Current Population Surveys, 1998-2004. The authors find, and correct for, a strong household income effect on response probabilities.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Econometrics.

Volume (Year): 136 (2007)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 213-235

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Handle: RePEc:eee:econom:v:136:y:2007:i:1:p:213-235

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  1. Lillard, Lee & Smith, James P & Welch, Finis, 1986. "What Do We Really Know about Wages? The Importance of Nonreporting and Census Imputation," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 94(3), pages 489-506, June.
  2. Philipson, Tomas, 1997. "Data Markets and the Production of Surveys," Review of Economic Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 64(1), pages 47-72, January.
  3. Korinek, Anton & Mistiaen, Johan A. & Ravallion, Martin, 2005. "Survey nonresponse and the distribution of income," Policy Research Working Paper Series 3543, The World Bank.
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Cited by:
  1. Bollinger, Christopher R. & Hirsch, Barry, 2010. "Is Earnings Nonresponse Ignorable?," IZA Discussion Papers 5347, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Vladimir Hlasny & Paolo Verme, 2013. "Top incomes and the measurement of inequality in Egypt," Working Papers 303, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.
  3. Anton Korinek & Johan Mistiaen & Martin Ravallion, 2006. "Survey nonresponse and the distribution of income," Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer, vol. 4(1), pages 33-55, April.
  4. Willmarth, Blake & Turner, Robert, 2010. "Respondent Consistency in a Tournament-Style Contingent Choice Survey," Working Papers 2010-05, Department of Economics, Colgate University.
  5. Cristina Barceló, 2008. "The impact of alternative imputation methods on the measurement of income and wealth: Evidence from the Spanish survey of household finances," Banco de Espa�a Working Papers 0829, Banco de Espa�a.
  6. Christopher R. Bollinger & Barry T. Hirsch, 2010. "GDP & Beyond – die europäische Perspektive," Working Paper Series of the German Council for Social and Economic Data 165, German Council for Social and Economic Data (RatSWD).

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