Heterogeneous interpretation of “household expenditure” in survey reports: Evidence and implications of bias
AbstractThis paper addresses respondents’ interpretation of the term “household expenditure” when answering survey questions. A sizeable minority of respondents do not attempt to include all transactions made by every household member, interpreting the question as eliciting individual consumption. This biases estimates of expenditure downward. Furthermore, this bias is predicted by respondent characteristics.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Geary Institute, University College Dublin in its series Working Papers with number 201029.
Length: 11 pages
Date of creation: 28 Jun 2010
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Household Expenditure; Survey Methods; Measurement Error;
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- NEP-ALL-2010-07-10 (All new papers)
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