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Title:Experiments with methods to reduce attrition in longitudinal surveys PDF Logo
Authors:Fumagalli, Laura
Laurie, Heather
Lynn, Peter
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:ISER Working Paper Series 2010-04
Abstract:We conduct two large-scale randomised experiments on the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) to study methods of reducing panel attrition. The first experiment compares different strategies for tracing and maintaining contact with sample members. We find that change-of-address cards conditional on moving are most effective both in increasing response rates and in reducing fieldwork costs. The second experiment substitutes the standard between-wave Respondent Report with reports tailored for specific categories of respondents. We find that tailored reports have a positive though small effect on the number of young people completing a face-to-face interview and increase cooperation for busy people when telephone interviews are included.
Subjects:attrition
non-response
tailoring
respondent incentives
longitudinal surveys
experiments
JEL:C81
C83
C90
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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