Questionnaire Design and Response Propensities for Employee Income Micro Data

 

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dc.creator Daniels, Reza Che
dc.date 2013-02-28T13:39:54Z
dc.date 2013-02-28T13:39:54Z
dc.date 2012
dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-28T10:05:13Z
dc.date.available 2015-05-28T10:05:13Z
dc.date.issued 2015-05-28
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/11090/180
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11090/180
dc.description The design of the income question in household surveys usually includes response options for actual income, bracketed values, "Don't Know" and "Refuse" responses. This paper conducts an analysis of these response types using sequential response models specified analogously to those in the survey participation literature. We analyse the income question in Statistics South Africa's October Household Surveys (1997-1999) and Labour Force Surveys (2000-2003). The choice of survey years coincides with a period of development of the income question during which additional response options were steadily introduced to the questionnaire. An analysis of this sort sheds light on the underlying response process, which is useful for survey planning purposes and to researchers concerned with diagnosing the item missing and partial response mechanisms for variables of interest. It was found that the probability of a bracketed response increases as income increases, suggesting that this response option plays a significant role in getting higher income earners to answer the question. However, the relationship between response type and the correlates of income are no longer consistently statistically significant when the item nonresponse subset is decomposed into "Don't Know" and "Refuse". These findings suggest that response propensity models can help reduce specification error in single or multiple imputation algorithms. This is a joint SALDRU and DataFirst working paper
dc.description Questionnaire Design, Response Propensity Models, Employment Income Classification-JEL: C81, C83, D31
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit
dc.subject Questionnaire data
dc.subject Survey data
dc.subject Non-response
dc.subject Survey design
dc.subject Specification error
dc.title Questionnaire Design and Response Propensities for Employee Income Micro Data
dc.type Report
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource SALDRU Report en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Commerce en_ZA
dc.publisher.department SALDRU en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Report DA - 2015-05-28 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town KW - Questionnaire data KW - Survey data KW - Non-response KW - Survey design KW - Specification error LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2015 T1 - Questionnaire Design and Response Propensities for Employee Income Micro Data TI - Questionnaire Design and Response Propensities for Employee Income Micro Data UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11090/180 ER - en_ZA


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