Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/21355
Authors: 
Riphahn, Regina T.
Serfling, Oliver
Year of Publication: 
2002
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion paper series 573
Abstract: 
After reviewing the literature on item non-response we focus on three issues: First, is there significant heterogeneity in item non-response across financial questions and in the association of covariates with item non-response across outcomes? Second, can the informational value of surveys be improved by matching interviewers and respondents based on their characteristics? Third, how does offering a "don't know" answer option affect respondent behavior? The questions are answered based on detailed survey and interviewer data from the German Socioeconomic Panel, considering a broad set of income and wealth outcomes.
Subjects: 
item non-response
survey quality
interviewer effects
income and wealth
JEL: 
J30
C81
I32
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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