Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/65957
Authors: 
Toomse, Mari
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
ISER Working Paper Series 2010-03
Abstract: 
The aim of this paper is to test the existence of middle class bias in survey cooperation. We do this by carrying out a record check study. Our analysis uncovers no evidence of middle class bias. Instead we find a negative gross bias in estimates of the proportion of persons with highest salaries. We also find that high salary earners are more likely to be hard refusers. We argue that this 'elite resistance' is due to specific attitudes rather than more transient features of an interaction. We suggest that these attitudes could be overcome by tailoring of advance communication.
Subjects: 
non-response bias
survey co-operation
EU-SILC
salary
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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