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ERIC Number: EJ1203719
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Feb
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0049-1241
Assessing Trends and Decomposing Change in Nonresponse Bias: The Case of Bias in Cohort Distributions
Gummer, Tobias
Sociological Methods & Research, v48 n1 p92-115 Feb 2019
Survey research is still confronted by a trend of increasing nonresponse rates. In this context, several methodological advances have been made to stimulate participation and avoid bias. Yet, despite the growing number of tools and methods to deal with nonresponse, little is known about whether nonresponse biases show similar trends as nonresponse rates and what mechanisms (if any) drive changes in bias. Our article focuses on biases in cohort distributions in the U.S. and German general social surveys from 1980 to 2012 as one of the key variables in the social sciences. To supplement our cross-national comparison of these trends, we decompose changes into within-cohort change (WCC) and between-cohort change. We find that biases in cohort distributions have remained relatively stable and at a relatively low level in both countries. Furthermore, WCC (i.e., survey climate) accounts for the major part of the change in nonresponse bias.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States; Germany
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Social Survey