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Title:Can I just check...? Effects of edit check questions on measurement error and survey estimates PDF Logo
Authors:Lugtig, Peter
Jäckle, Annette
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:ISER Working Paper Series 2011-23
Abstract:Household income is difficult to measure, since it requires collecting information about all potential income sources for each member of a household. We assess the effects of two types of edit check questions on measurement error and survey estimates: within-wave edit checks use responses to questions earlier in the same interview to query apparent inconsistencies in responses; dependent interviewing uses responses from prior interviews to query apparent inconsistencies over time. The findings suggest that traditional interviewing methods under-estimate household income in the lower tail of the income distribution, but that neither edit check method has much effect on estimated poverty rates or transition rates in poverty.
Subjects:dependent interviewing
validation study
record check
panel survey
British Household Panel Survey
unearned income
non-labor income
cash transfer
household income
poverty
low income
JEL:I32
C83
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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