Reducing Panel Attrition: A Search for Effective Policy Instruments

TitleReducing Panel Attrition: A Search for Effective Policy Instruments
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsHill, DH, Willis, RJ
JournalJournal of Human Resources
Volume36
Issue3
Pagination416-38
Call Numberpubs_2001_Hill-Willis.pdf
KeywordsMethodology
Abstract

In this paper we develop a theory of the survey response decision process and apply it to the analysis of field office policy measures in an attempt to see which of these are effective in reducing panel attrition. We use data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) to assess the effectiveness of 1) reducing the length of the interview and 2) assigning the same initial interviewer wave after wave. There is virtually no evidence in the data that interview length affects subsequent wave response. Assigning the same interviewer wave after wave, however, has a strong positive effect on response rates.

Notes

ProCite field 3 : Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, U MI; Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, U MI

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Endnote Keywords

Survey Methods/Microeconomic Data Management/Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology

Endnote ID

1144

Citation Key6730