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ISER Working Paper Series 2003-08

Respondent behaviour in panel studies: a case study for income-nonresponse by means of the British Household Panel Study (BHPS)


Publication date

01 Mar 2003


Many validation studies deal with item-nonresponse and measurement error in earning data. In this paper we explore motives of respondents for the failure to reveal earnings using the British Household Panel (BHPS). BHPS collects socio-economic information of private households in Great Britain. We explain the evolution of income-nonresponse in the BHPS and demonstrate the importance of a discrimination between refusing the income-statement or don't know.


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