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The impact of questioning method on measurement error in panel survey measures of benefit receipt: evidence from a validation study

Lynn, P and J�ckle, AE and Jenkins, SP and Sala, E (2012) 'The impact of questioning method on measurement error in panel survey measures of benefit receipt: evidence from a validation study.' Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A (Statistics in Society), 175 (1). pp. 289-308. ISSN 0964-1998

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Abstract

We assess measurement error in panel survey reports of social security benefit receipt, drawing on a unique validation study. Our aims are threefold. First, we quantify the incidence of measurement errors (under- and over-reporting). Second, we assess the extent to which this varies according to the questioning method that is used. Specifically, dependent interviewing has been proposed as a way to reduce under-reporting in some circumstances. We compare two versions of dependent interviewing with traditional independent interviewing in an experimental design. Third, we identify and assess new ways of reducing measurement error in panel surveys. We use data from a large-scale UK household panel survey and we consider six benefits. To assess the measurement error, a validation exercise was conducted, with administrative data on benefit receipt matched at the individual level to the survey microdata.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dependent interviewing; Longitudinal survey; Social security; Survey errors; Under-reporting
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: 25 Sep 2013 16:10
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:49
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7955

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