measurement error

Rotation Group Bias in Reporting of Household Purchases in the U.S. Consumer Expenditure Survey

We find rotation group bias in reports of spending in the U.S. Consumer Expenditure Survey. Contrary to our expectations, the more waves respondents complete, the higher the quality of their responses. Respondents become more likely to report the …

Misreporting Among Reluctant Respondents

Many surveys aim to achieve high response rates to keep bias due to nonresponse low. However, research has shown that the relationship between the nonresponse rate and nonresponse bias is small. In fact, high response rates may lead to measurement …

Misreporting to Looping Questions in Surveys: Recall, Motivation and Burden

Looping questions are used to collect data about several similar events, such as employment spells, retirement accounts, or marriages. The loops gather information about the number of events experienced as well as details about each one. The …

Participating in a panel survey changes respondents’ labour market behaviour

Panel survey participation can bring about unintended changes in respondents’ behaviour and/or their reporting of behaviour. Using administrative data linked to a large panel survey, we analyse whether the survey brings about changes in respondents’ …

Assessing the Mechanisms of Misreporting to Filter Questions in Surveys

To avoid asking respondents questions that do not apply to them, surveys often use filter questions that determine routing into follow-up items. Filter questions can be asked in an interleafed format, in which follow-up questions are asked …

Confirmation Bias in Housing Unit Listing

Using an experimental repeated listing design, this article demonstrates the presence of confirmation bias in dependent housing unit listing. We find evidence that when provided with an initial listing to update in the field, listers tend not to add …