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Understanding panel conditioning: an examination of social desirability bias in self-reported height and weight in panel surveys using experimental data

Uhrig, S C Noah (2012) 'Understanding panel conditioning: an examination of social desirability bias in self-reported height and weight in panel surveys using experimental data.' Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 3 (1). pp. 120-136. ISSN 1757-9597

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Abstract

Typically reliant on self-reports from panel data, a growing body of literature suggests that relative body weight can have negative effects on labour market outcomes. Given the interest in the effects of relative weight in the social sciences, this paper addresses the question of whether repeated interviewing affects the quality of these data. A theory that focuses on the sensitivity of the questions rather than the survey context is proposed. Examining experimental panel data from Understanding Society using quantile-regression, the findings for women are consistent with the argument that conditioning reduces social desirability effects. The ameliorative effects of panel conditioning on social desirability bias in self-reported height and bodyweight appear to strengthen the association between relative weight and employment for men, but not women, however.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Understanding Society; panel conditioning; self-reported height and weight; quantile-regression; body-mass index
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2013 10:59
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2013 10:59
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7185

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