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Active versus Passive Sample Attrition: The Health and Retirement Study

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  • Honggao Cao

    (University of Michigan)

  • Daniel H. Hill

    (University of Michigan)

Abstract

This paper investigates sample attrition in the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). We compare attrition behavior in two of the HRS cohorts: original HRS cohort and AHEAD cohort. We distinguish attrition due to death (passive attrition) from attrition due to other causes (active attrition), examining potential effects of different attrition modes on the representativeness of the remaining samples. This distinction is justified based on a specification test on a multinomial logistic regression model. Among other results from the study are differences between passive and active attritors in a set of demographic, economic, and health measures, and a finding that active attrition occurring in the HRS is perhaps not selective and, thus, is statistically ignorable.

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  • Honggao Cao & Daniel H. Hill, 2005. "Active versus Passive Sample Attrition: The Health and Retirement Study," Econometrics 0505006, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpem:0505006
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    1. Bowen, Mary Elizabeth, 2009. "Childhood socioeconomic status and racial differences in disability: Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study (1998-2006)," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 69(3), pages 433-441, August.

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    Keywords

    active attrition; passive attrition; sample attrition; HRS;

    JEL classification:

    • C1 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General
    • C2 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables
    • C3 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables
    • C4 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics
    • C5 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling
    • C8 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs

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