|Title||Reducing Nonresponse and Data Linkage Consent Bias in Large-Scale Panel Surveys.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||Forthcoming|
|Journal||Forum for Health Economics and Policy|
|Keywords||post-survey adjustments, questionnaire design, Selection Bias|
Selection bias is an ongoing concern in large-scale panel surveys where the cumulative effects of unit nonresponse increase at each subsequent wave of data collection. A second source of selection bias in panel studies is the inability to link respondents to supplementary administrative records, either because respondents do not consent to link or the matching algorithm fails to locate their administrative records. Both sources of selection bias can affect the validity of conclusions drawn from these data sources. In this article, I discuss recently proposed methods of reducing both sources of selection bias in panel studies, with a special emphasis on reducing selection bias in the US Health and Retirement Study.