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Propensity to consent to data linkage: experimental evidence on the role of three survey design features in a UK longitudinal panel

Sala, Emanuela and Knies, Gundi and Burton, Jonathan (2014) 'Propensity to consent to data linkage: experimental evidence on the role of three survey design features in a UK longitudinal panel.' International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 17 (5). 455 - 473. ISSN 1364-5579

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Abstract

When performing data linkage, survey respondents need to provide their informed consent. Since not all respondents agree to this request, the linked data-set will have fewer observations than the survey data-set alone and bias may be introduced. By focusing on the role that survey design features play in gaining respondents’ consent, this paper provides an innovative contribution to the studies in this field. Analysing experimental data collected in a nationally representative household panel survey of the British population, we find that interview features such as question format (dependent/independent questions) and placement of the consent question within the questionnaire have an impact on consent rates.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2014 07:39
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2019 11:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/9687

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