Note: Independent Dimensions of Sociodemographic Variability in Neighborhood Characteristics at the Tract Level of the 2000 Census
AbstractResearchers using survey data must always deal with the problem of nonignorable non-response among the intended sample for a survey. Often, nothing more is known about a non-respondent individual or household other than the geographic location of their primary residence. However, this information can often be linked to the census sociodemographic characteristics of the approximate locality of each intended sample member. For example, in the absence of individual-specific data, some progress can be made in the task of sample selection correction by utilizing Census tract level information. We report upon the construction of a set of fifteen orthogonal factors that capture 88.7% of the variability across Census tracts in the 2000 Census. Since these factors are calculated using the universe of tracts, they may be interpreted as population measures, rather than sampling estimates. Our fifteen factors are available to other researchers, and can be accessed using a password available from the authors. In addition to their utility for survey sample selection corrections, this set of variables may also be useful as controls for neighborhood level heterogeneity in ordinary modeling contexts.
Download InfoIf you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Oregon Economics Department in its series University of Oregon Economics Department Working Papers with number 2004-10.
Date of creation: 07 Dec 2003
Date of revision: 07 Dec 2003
Contact details of provider:
Postal: 1285 University of Oregon, 435 PLC, Eugene, OR 97403-1285
Phone: (541) 346-4661
Fax: (541) 346-1243
Web page: http://economics.uoregon.edu/
More information through EDIRC
sample selection correction; mail survey; census tracts; factor analysis;
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
You can help add them by filling out this form.
reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.Access and download statisticsgeneral information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Bill Harbaugh).
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.