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Survey Design and the Analysis of Satisfaction

Conti, G and Pudney, S (2011) 'Survey Design and the Analysis of Satisfaction.' Review of Economics and Statistics, 93 (3). pp. 1087-1093. ISSN 0034-6535

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We analyze the effect of survey design on reported job satisfaction by exploiting two quasi-experiments in the British Household Panel Survey: a change in question design and parallel use of different interview modes. We show that apparently minor differences in survey design lead to substantial biases in econometric results, particularly on gender differences. The common empirical finding that women care less about wages and prefer to work fewer hours than men appears largely an artifact of survey design rather than a true behavioral difference.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2013 09:55
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:29

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