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Title:An experimental analysis of the impact of survey design on measures and models of subjective wellbeing PDF Logo
Authors:Pudney, Steve
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:ISER Working Paper Series 2010-20
Abstract:We analyse the results of experiments on aspects of the design of questionnaire and interview mode in the 2009 wave of the new UK Understanding Society panel survey. The randomised experiments relate to job- and life-satisfaction questions and vary the labeling of response scales, the mode of interviewing and the location of questions within the interview. We find a highly significant impact of these design features on the distributions of reported satisfaction in various life domains and some important impacts on the findings from conventional cross-section models of satisfaction.
Subjects:survey design
wellbeing
satisfaction
response bias
Understanding Society
JEL:C23
C25
C81
J28
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:ISER Working Paper Series, Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex

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