English title: Understanding Cross-National Differences in Unit Non-Response: The Role of Contact Data

Author(s): Annelies G. Blom - Peter Lynn - Annette Jäckle -

Language: English

Type: Report, working paper

Year: 2008

Abstract

This paper showcases ways in which contact data can provide useful auxiliary information to study non-response and devise new strategies for statistical adjustment and fieldwork specification in cross-national surveys. We propose a typology of the processes generating contact data and discuss their implications for the utility for methodological research. We also propose criteria for the comparability of contact data in cross-national surveys. To illustrate the potential of contact data, we review existing studies of non-response in cross-national studies. The paper ends with recommendations for cross-national studies, with the aim of increasing the widespread availability and use of standardised contact data.

Edition: 0

Institution: Institute for Social and Economic Research

Number of pages: 0

Number: 1

Series: ISER Working Paper Series

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