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Attrition and Health in Ageing Studies: Evidence from ELSA and HRS

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  • Banks, James

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    (Institute for Fiscal Studies, London)

  • Muriel, Alastair

    ()
    (Institute for Fiscal Studies, London)

  • Smith, James P.

    ()
    (RAND)

Abstract

In this paper we present results of an investigation into observable characteristics associated with attrition in ELSA and the HRS, with a particular focus on whether attrition is systematically related to health outcomes and socioeconomic status (SES). Investigating the links between health and SES is one of the primary goals of the ELSA and HRS, so attrition correlated with these outcomes is a critical concern. We explored some possible reasons for these differences. Survey maturity, mobility, respondent burden, interviewer quality, and differing sampling methods all fail to account for the gap. Differential respondent incentives may play some role, but the impact of respondent incentive is difficult to test. Apparently, cultural differences between the US and Europe population in agreeing to participate and remain in scientific surveys are a more likely explanation.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5161.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2010
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp5161

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  1. Ryan D. Edwards, 2013. "If My Blood Pressure Is High, Do I Take It To Heart? Behavioral Impacts of Biomarker Collection in the Health and Retirement Study," NBER Working Papers 19311, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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  3. David Vázquez Guzman, 2012. "A comparative study of well-being for elders in Mexico and England," Estudios Regionales en Economía, Población y Desarrollo. Cuadernos de trabajo de la Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez. 9, Cuerpo Académico 41 de la Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, revised 09 Dec 2012.

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