ERIC Number: ED383740
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr-18
Effects of Respondents' Socioeconomic Status and Timing and Amount of Incentive Payment on Mailed Questionnaire Response Rates.
Parthasarathy, Anuradha; And Others
The study examined how response rate to a mailed questionnaire was influenced by the socioeconomic status (SES) of respondents (high, middle, or low); amount of payment of a monetary incentive (none, $1, or $2); and time of payment (prepaid or promised on return of the completed questionnaire). Subjects were 125 adults in Cache County, Utah at each SES level. Higher payment elicited more returns than lower payment, prepayment elicited more than promised payment, and high-SES subjects returned more questionnaires than low-SES subjects. Also, there was an interaction between SES and payment timing. Prepayment elicited a much higher rate than promised payment for low-SES subjects, while pre- versus promised payment made little difference for high-SES subjects. (Contains 9 references and 3 tables.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).