Item Non-Response to Financial Questions in Household Surveys: An Experimental Study of Interviewer and Mode Effects
We analyse the determinants of non-response to questions on financial items such as income and asset holdings in household surveys. Our data come from a controlled field experiment. As part of the SAVE study - a representative survey conducted in Germany in 2001 - questions on household income and financial assets were administered using different modes (personal interview versus drop-off questionnaire). The data also allow us to investigate the influence of interviewer characteristics on non-response. Our results are in line with predictions derived from models of survey response behaviour that have been developed in survey research and social psychology.
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Volume (Year): 30 (2009)
Issue (Month): Special Issue on Measuring Consumption and Saving (December)
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