Hipp, Lena Bünning, Mareike Munnes, Stefan Sauermann, Armin
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[Journal:] Survey Research Methods [ISSN:] 1864-3361 [Publisher:] European Survey Research Association [Place:] Konstanz [Volume:] 14 [Year:] 2020 [Issue:] 2 [Pages:] 109-1145
This paper examines and discusses the biases and pitfalls of retrospective survey questions that are currently being used in many medical, epidemiological, and sociological studies on the COVID-19 pandemic. By analyzing the consistency of answers to retrospective questions provided by respondents who participated in the first two waves of a survey on the social consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, we illustrate the insights generated by a large body of survey research on the use of retrospective questions and recall accuracy.