Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/80878
Authors: 
Chadi, Adrian
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
IAAEU Discussion Paper Series in Economics 07/2013
Abstract: 
This paper investigates the finding that reported life satisfaction scores are significantly higher in the German Socio-Economic Panel when a third person is present during the interview. Even after controlling a variety of relevant factors, third person presence makes up a significant difference in satisfaction levels. A plausible explanation is that interviewees distort their responses in a favourable way. The evidence suggests that this apparently minor aspect could even affect empirical outcomes in happiness research. This study contributes to the literature in this field, especially with respect to the recently revived debate on survey methodology in the reporting of satisfaction.
Subjects: 
Well-being
Survey design
Interview-specific factor
Third persons
Response bias
JEL: 
C8
D6
I3
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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