English title: Decomposing the Processes Leading to Differential Nonresponse and Nonresponse Bias

Author(s): Annelies G. Blom -

Language: English

Type: Conference paper/poster

Year: 2008

Abstract

Understanding the process leading to differential nonresponse rates across countries is a first step towards understanding cross-national differences in nonresponse bias. Recent developments in cross-national survey methodology have made auxiliary data available with which the processes leading to nonresponse can be researched. The European Social Survey (ESS), for example, collects detailed contact and neighbourhood data for each sample unit, i.e. respondents and nonrespondents. Using these data and applying decomposition analyses to within-country logit models of contact, this paper looks at differences in the correlates of non-contact across countries. Specifically it investigates whether differential contact rates can be attributed to manipulable and non-manipulable characteristics, the effects these characteristics have on the probability of contact (i.e. the coefficients) or a combination of the two.

Conference name: Annual Conference of the American Association for Public Opinion Research

Location: New Orleans, USA

Start date: May 15, 2008

Type: Paper

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