Questionnaire Design and Response Propensities for Employee Income Micro Data

dc.creatorDaniels, Reza Che
dc.date2013-02-28T13:39:54Z
dc.date2013-02-28T13:39:54Z
dc.date2012
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-28T10:05:13Z
dc.date.available2015-05-28T10:05:13Z
dc.date.issued2015-05-28
dc.descriptionThe 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.descriptionQuestionnaire Design, Response Propensity Models, Employment Income Classification-JEL: C81, C83, D31
dc.identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/11090/180
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
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11090/180
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherSouthern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit
dc.publisher.departmentSALDRUen_ZA
dc.publisher.facultyFaculty of Commerceen_ZA
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Cape Town
dc.subjectQuestionnaire data
dc.subjectSurvey data
dc.subjectNon-response
dc.subjectSurvey design
dc.subjectSpecification error
dc.titleQuestionnaire Design and Response Propensities for Employee Income Micro Data
dc.typeReport
uct.type.publicationResearchen_ZA
uct.type.resourceSALDRU Reporten_ZA
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