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Heterogeneous interpretation of “household expenditure” in survey reports: Evidence and implications of bias

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  • David Comerford

    (UCD Geary Institute, University College Dublin; School of Economics, University College Dublin.)

  • Liam Delaney

    (UCD Geary Institute, University College Dublin; School of Economics, University College Dublin; School of Public Health and Population Science, University College Dublin.)

Abstract

This 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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Paper provided by Geary Institute, University College Dublin in its series Working Papers with number 201029.

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Length: 11 pages
Date of creation: 28 Jun 2010
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Handle: RePEc:ucd:wpaper:201029

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Keywords: Household Expenditure; Survey Methods; Measurement Error;

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