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Item Non-Response on Income and Wealth Questions

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  • Riphahn, Regina T.

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    (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)

  • Serfling, Oliver

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    (University of Basel)

Abstract

After reviewing the literature on item non-response we focus on three issues: First, is there significant heterogeneity in item non-response across financial questions and in the association of covariates with item non-response across outcomes? Second, can the informational value of surveys be improved by matching interviewers and respondents based on their characteristics? Third, how does offering a "don't know" answer option affect respondent behavior? The questions are answered based on detailed survey and interviewer data from the German Socioeconomic Panel, considering a broad set of income and wealth outcomes.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 573.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2002
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Publication status: published in: Empirical Economics, 2005, 30 (2), 521-538
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp573

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Keywords: item non-response; survey quality; interviewer effects; income and wealth;

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