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Title:Interviewer effects on nonresponse in the European social survey PDF Logo
Authors:Blom, Annelies G.
de Leeuw, Edith D.
Hox, Joop J.
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:ISER Working Paper Series 2010-25
Abstract:In face-to-face surveys interviewers play a crucial role in making contact with and gaining cooperation from sample units. While some analyses investigate the influence of interviewers on nonresponse, they are typically restricted to single-country studies. However, interviewer training, contacting and cooperation strategies as well as survey climates may differ across countries. Combining call-record data from the European Social Survey (ESS) with data from a detailed interviewer questionnaire on attitudes and doorstep behavior we find systematic country differences in nonresponse processes, which can in part be explained by differences in interviewer characteristics, such as contacting strategies and avowed doorstep behavior.
Subjects:contact
cooperation
interviewer attitudes
doorstep behavior
interviewer questionnaire
paradata
contact data
cross-cultural research
international surveys
JEL:C81
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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