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Does repeated measurement improve income data quality?

Fisher, Paul (2019) 'Does repeated measurement improve income data quality?' Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics. ISSN 0305-9049

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Abstract

This paper exploits a natural experiment created by a survey design to show that the quality of income data systematically changes across waves of a panel. We estimate that the effect of being interviewed for a second time, relative to the first, is to increase mean monthly income by 8%. Dependent interviewing – a recall device commonly used in panel surveys – explains one third of the observed increase. The remaining share is attributed to changes in respondent behaviour (panel conditioning). We review the evidence for and against a reporting improvement vs. a behavioural response by survey participants.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2019 14:37
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2019 14:37
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/23787

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