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Measurement Biases in Panel Data

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  • Meurs, Henk
  • Van Wissen, Leo
  • Visser, Jacqueline
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    The objective of this paper is to examine reporting errors in panel data obtained from multi-day travel diaries. A distinction is made between within and between wave biases. The former leads to an increase in under-reporting associated with the number of days the diary is kept. The latter is related to the number of waves respondents have been participating, so-called panel experience. These biases imply that observed mobility changes between waves are partly due to reporting errors: without controlling for them, changes in mobility can not be inferred from the data. An important cause of these measurement errors is the increase in the number of days on which no trips at all were reported. In addition, shorter trips and less complex chains are more susceptible to underreporting. The methodology used in this paper provides a means of dealing with these problems. Attrition is taken into account by a rather simple measure. The paper concludes with a number of suggestions for sample and survey design.

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    Paper provided by University of California Transportation Center in its series University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers with number qt00q1x266.

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    Date of creation: 01 Jun 1989
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    Handle: RePEc:cdl:uctcwp:qt00q1x266

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    Cited by:
    1. Andrew Halpern-Manners & John Warren, 2012. "Panel Conditioning in Longitudinal Studies: Evidence From Labor Force Items in the Current Population Survey," Demography, Springer, vol. 49(4), pages 1499-1519, November.
    2. Das, J.W.M. & Soest, A.H.O. van & Toepoel, V., 2011. "Nonparametric tests of panel conditioning and attrition bias in panel surveys," Open Access publications from Tilburg University urn:nbn:nl:ui:12-4334816, Tilburg University.
    3. Kitamura, Ryuichi, 1990. "Panel Analysis in Transportation Planning: An Overview," University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers qt86v0f7zh, University of California Transportation Center.
    4. Golob, Thomas F., 1990. "The Dynamics of Household Travel Time Expenditures and Car Ownership Decisions," University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers qt1676t0bp, University of California Transportation Center.
    5. Wissen, L.J.G. & Bonnerman, F., 1991. "A dynamic model of simultaneous migration and labour market behaviour," Serie Research Memoranda 0020, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics.
    6. Golob, Thomas F. & Golob, Jacqueline M., 1989. "Practical Consideration in the Development of a Transit Users Panel," University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers qt56q060sc, University of California Transportation Center.
    7. Toepoel, V. & Das, J.W.M. & Soest, A.H.O. van, 2008. "Design Effects in Web Surveys: Comparing Trained and Fresh Respondents," Discussion Paper 2008-51, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
    8. Golob, Thomas F., 1990. "The Dynamics of Household Travel Time Expenditures and Car Ownership Decisions," University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers qt2t18b4q9, University of California Transportation Center.
    9. Golob, Thomas F. & Golob, Jacqueline M., 1989. "Practical Considerations in the Development of a Transit Users Panel," University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers qt2053v9mz, University of California Transportation Center.

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