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Understanding Society Working Paper Series 2018-07

Understanding data linkage consent in longitudinal surveys


Publication date

03 Jul 2018


We explore the cognitive process by which respondents decide whether or not to consent to havingtheir survey data linked to administrative records. Using data from the Understanding Societyhousehold panel study we document the extent of inconsistencies in respondents’ consentdecisions, between data domains and over time, and the impact of the mode of data collection onconsent. To understand the reasons for inconsistencies and why the mode affects consent, wereport on qualitative in-depth interviews that examine how respondents understand the consentrequest and which factors influence their decision. 

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