Measuring Nonresponse Cross-Nationally

Publication type

Conference Paper


International Workshop on Household Survey Nonresponse


Publication date

September 15, 2008


This paper investigates the measurement of nonresponse outcomes across countries. It
consists of three sections. Section one proposes a conceptual framework of influences
on the response outcomes available for analysis. Section two develops a crossnational
codeframe of response outcome codes. The last section investigates the
impact that differential ways of deriving final case outcomes have on the estimated
response, contact and cooperation rates. The results emphasise the importance of
careful measurement of the nonresponse process for conclusions about the similarity
and differences across countries in processes leading to nonresponse.

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