English title: Surveying Nonrespondents

Author(s): Ineke A.L. Stoop -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2004


Nonresponse rates in household surveys in the Netherlands are high. As low response rates are generally assumed to increase nonresponse bias, doubts have arisen concerning the value of survey research. The costs of fieldwork have substantially increased in recent years and will increase even more to compensate for the unfavorable response trends. This article describes a survey in which high response rates were attained and which measures were taken to achieve this. It also studies the differences between respondents who are hard to reach and those who are reluctant to participate in a survey. Additional data from a follow-up survey among refusers cast doubt on the assumption that reluctant respondents are similar to refusers.

Volume: 16

Issue: 1

From page no: 23

To page no: 54

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1177/1525822X03259479

Journal: Field Methods

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