Mode and Context Effects in Measuring Household Assets
AbstractDifferences in answers in Internet and traditional surveys can be due to selection, mode, or context effects. We exploit unique experimental data to analyze mode and context effects controlling for arbitrary selection. The Health and Retirement Study (HRS) surveys a random sample of the US 50+ population, with CAPI or CATI core interviews once every two years. In 2003 and 2005, random samples were drawn from HRS respondents in 2002 and 2004 willing and able to participate in an Internet interview. Comparing core and Internet survey answers of the same people, we analyze mode and context effects, controlling for selection. We focus on household assets, for which mode effects in Internet surveys have rarely been studied. We find some large differences between the first Internet survey and the other three surveys which we interpret as a context and question wording effect rather than a pure mode effect.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Geary Institute, University College Dublin in its series Working Papers with number 200949.
Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 16 Dec 2009
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Internet surveys; CAPI; CATI; portfolio choice;
Other versions of this item:
- Arthur van Soest & Arie Kapteyn, 2009. "Mode and Context Effects in Measuring Household Assets," Working Papers 668, RAND Corporation Publications Department.
- Soest, A.H.O. van & Kapteyn, A., 2009. "Mode and Context Effects of Measuring Household Assets," Discussion Paper 2009-14, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
- C42 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Survey Methods
- C81 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Methodology for Collecting, Estimating, and Organizing Microeconomic Data
- C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
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by Liam Delaney in Geary Behaviour Centre on 2009-12-22 00:37:00
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