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

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  • 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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Paper provided by Institute for Social and Economic Research in its series ISER Working Paper Series with number 2010-28.

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Date of creation: 23 Aug 2010
Publication status: published
Handle: RePEc:ese:iserwp:2010-28
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  1. Jäckle, Annette & Lynn, Peter & Sinibaldi, Jennifer & Tipping, Sarah, 2011. "The effect of interviewer personality, skills and attitudes on respondent co-operation with face-to-face surveys," ISER Working Paper Series 2011-14, Institute for Social and Economic Research.
  2. Stephen P. Jenkins & Lorenzo Cappellari & Peter Lynn & Annette Jäckle & Emanuela Sala, 2006. "Patterns of consent: evidence from a general household survey," Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A, Royal Statistical Society, vol. 169(4), pages 701-722.
  3. Gray, Michelle & Constantine, Rebecca & d'Ardenne, Joanna & Blake, Margaret & Uhrig, S.C. Noah, 2008. "Cognitive testing of Understanding Society: the UK household longitudinal study questionnaire," Understanding Society Working Paper Series 2008-04, Understanding Society at the Institute for Social and Economic Research.
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