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Non-response behaviour in the Bank of Italy�s Survey of Household Income and Wealth

  • Giovanni D'Alessio

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    (Bank of Italy, Economic Research Department)

  • Ivan Faiella

    ()

    (Bank of Italy, Economic Research Department)

This paper aims to describe non-respondents in the Bank of Italy�s Survey of Household Income and Wealth (SHIW) and to measure the underestimation of income and wealth attributable to non-response. The evidence confirms that non-response is not random, since it is more frequent among wealthier households. Therefore exclusive use of poststratification procedures based on demographic characteristics only, which are commonly employed, cannot properly adjust for the selection process observed in the SHIW. As to the estimates of average aggregates, the bias seems to be greater for financial assets (the adjusted estimates are from 15 to 31 per cent higher than the unadjusted) than for income (for which the adjustments vary from 5 to 14 per cent, probably owing to a greater asymmetry in the distribution of wealth.

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Paper provided by Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area in its series Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) with number 462.

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Date of creation: Dec 2002
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Handle: RePEc:bdi:wptemi:td_462_02
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  1. Andrea Brandolini, 1999. "The Distribution of Personal Income in Post-War Italy: Source Description, Data Quality, and the Time Pattern of Income Inequality," Giornale degli Economisti, GDE (Giornale degli Economisti e Annali di Economia), Bocconi University, vol. 58(2), pages 183-239, September.
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