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Correlates of obtaining informed consent to data linkage: respondent, interview and interviewer characteristics


  • Sala, Emanuela
  • Burton, Jonathan
  • Knies, Gundi


In the UK, in order to link individual-level administrative records to survey responses, a respondent needs to give their written consent. This paper explores whether characteristics of the respondent, the interviewer or survey design features influence consent. We use the BHPS combined with a survey of interviewers to model the probability that respondents consent to adding health and social security records to their survey responses. We find that some respondent characteristics and characteristics of the interview process within the household matter. By contrast, interviewer characteristics, including personality and attitudes to persuading respondents, are not associated with consent.

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  • Sala, Emanuela & Burton, Jonathan & Knies, Gundi, 2010. "Correlates of obtaining informed consent to data linkage: respondent, interview and interviewer characteristics," ISER Working Paper Series 2010-28, Institute for Social and Economic Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:ese:iserwp:2010-28

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    1. Warnke, Arne Jonas, 2017. "An investigation of record linkage refusal and its implications for empirical research," ZEW Discussion Papers 17-031, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
    2. Fertig, Michael & Görlitz, Katja, 2013. "Missing wages: How to test for biased estimates in wage functions?," EconStor Open Access Articles, ZBW - German National Library of Economics, pages 269-271.
    3. Al Baghal, Tarek & Knies, Gundi & Burton, Jonathan, 2014. "Linking administrative records to surveys: differences in the correlates to consent decisions," Understanding Society Working Paper Series 2014-09, Understanding Society at the Institute for Social and Economic Research.
    4. Korbmacher, Julie M. & Schröder, Mathis, 2013. "Consent when Linking Survey Data with Administrative Records: The Role of the Interviewer," EconStor Open Access Articles, ZBW - German National Library of Economics, pages 115-131.
    5. Kreuter, Frauke & Sakshaug, Joseph & Trappmann, Mark, 2014. "The 2010 PASS interviewer survey : collecting data for research into interviewer effects," FDZ Methodenreport 201402_en, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany].

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