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Analysing Misleading Discrete Responses: A Logit Model Based on Misclassified Data


  • Steven B. Caudill
  • Franklin G. Mixon


This study presents an alternative to direct questioning and randomized response approaches to obtain survey information about sensitive issues. The approach used here is based on a logit model that can be used when survey data on the dependent variable are misclassified. The method is applied to a direct survey of undergraduate cheating behaviour. Student responses may not always be truthful. In particular, a student claiming to be a non-cheater may actually be a cheater. The results indicate that the incidence of cheating in our sample is approximately 70% rather than the self-reported value of 51%. Copyright 2005 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Steven B. Caudill & Franklin G. Mixon, 2005. "Analysing Misleading Discrete Responses: A Logit Model Based on Misclassified Data," Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, vol. 67(1), pages 105-113, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:obuest:v:67:y:2005:i:1:p:105-113

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