Conference Paper Basel Workshop on Item Non-response and Data Quality in Large Social Surveys
A Cross-Country Comparison of Survey Nonparticipation in the ECHP
10 Oct 2003
The European Community Household Panel (ECHP) is a very ambitious project whose main purpose is to collect comparable economic, social and demographic information at individual and household level throughout the European Union (EU). An attractive feature of the ECHP is its comparability across countries and over time. Indeed, a great deal of effort has been devoted to harmonizing the survey characteristics. Nevertheless, the design and organization of the survey is not completely standardized across countrries. This paper exploits the variability of the survey characteristics, both across countries and over time, in order to identify the effects of various features of the data collection process on survey nonparticipation. We focus attention on survey nonparticipations caused by ineligibility, failed contact or lack of cooperation. We analyze cross-country differences in nonparticipation rates and try to disentangle the role played by differences in the socio-demographic composition of the national populations and the differential characteristics of the data collection process.