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Sensitive survey questions: measuring attitudes regarding female genital cutting through a list experiment

De Cao, Elisabetta and Lutz, Clemens (2018) Sensitive survey questions: measuring attitudes regarding female genital cutting through a list experiment. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 80 (5). 871 - 892. ISSN 0305-9049

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Identification Number: 10.1111/obes.12228

Abstract

Potential bias in survey responses is higher if sensitive outcomes are measured. This study analyses attitudes towards female genital cutting (FGC) in Ethiopia. A list experiment is designed to elicit truthful answers about FGC support and compares these outcomes with the answers given to a direct question. Our results confirm that the average bias is substantial as answers to direct questions underestimate the FGC support by about 10 percentage points. Moreover, our results provide suggestive but not statistically significant evidence that this bias is more pronounced among uneducated women and women targeted by an NGO intervention (not randomly assigned).

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14680084
Additional Information: ©2018 The Department of Economics, University of Oxford and John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Divisions: Health Policy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
JEL classification: O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O10 - General
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C1 - Econometric and Statistical Methods: General > C13 - Estimation
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2019 11:24
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2019 03:07
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/101588

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