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Attrition and Health in Ageing Studies: Evidence from ELSA and HRS

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  • Banks, James

    () (Institute for Fiscal Studies, London)

  • Muriel, Alastair

    () (Institute for Fiscal Studies, London)

  • Smith, James P.

    () (RAND)

Abstract

In this paper we present results of an investigation into observable characteristics associated with attrition in ELSA and the HRS, with a particular focus on whether attrition is systematically related to health outcomes and socioeconomic status (SES). Investigating the links between health and SES is one of the primary goals of the ELSA and HRS, so attrition correlated with these outcomes is a critical concern. We explored some possible reasons for these differences. Survey maturity, mobility, respondent burden, interviewer quality, and differing sampling methods all fail to account for the gap. Differential respondent incentives may play some role, but the impact of respondent incentive is difficult to test. Apparently, cultural differences between the US and Europe population in agreeing to participate and remain in scientific surveys are a more likely explanation.

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  • Banks, James & Muriel, Alastair & Smith, James P., 2010. "Attrition and Health in Ageing Studies: Evidence from ELSA and HRS," IZA Discussion Papers 5161, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  • Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp5161
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    2. Dal Borgo Mariela, 2018. "Ethnic and Racial Disparities in Saving Behavior," Working Papers 2018-02, Banco de México.
    3. McFall, Stephanie L. & Booker, Cara L. & Burton, Jonathan & Conolly, Anne, 2012. "Implementing the biosocial component of Understanding Society – nurse collection of biomeasures," Understanding Society Working Paper Series 2012-04, Understanding Society at the Institute for Social and Economic Research.
    4. David Vázquez Guzman, 2012. "A comparative study of well-being for elders in Mexico and England," Estudios Regionales en Economía, Población y Desarrollo. Cuadernos de Trabajo de la Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez. 9, Cuerpo Académico 41 de la Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, revised 09 Dec 2012.

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    attrition; health;

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    • I0 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - General

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