Dolan, Paul and Kavetsos, Georgios (2012) Happy talk: mode of administration effects on subjective well-being. CEP discussion paper, no. 1159. London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.
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Research on the measurement of subjective well-being (SWB) has escalated in recent years. This study contributes to the literature by examining how SWB reports differ by mode of survey administration. Using data from the 2011 Annual Population Survey in the UK, we find that individuals consistently report higher SWB over the phone compared to face-to-face interviews. We also show that the determinants of SWB differ significantly by survey mode. We must therefore account for mode of administration effects in research into SWB and its determinants.
|Item Type:||Monograph (Discussion Paper)|
|Additional Information:||© 2012 The Authors|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||subjective well-being, happiness, survey mode|
|Library of Congress subject classification:||H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory|
|Journal of Economic Literature Classification System:||D - Microeconomics > D6 - Welfare Economics > D60 - General
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I3 - Welfare and Poverty
|Sets:||Departments > Social Policy
Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
|Identification Number:||no. 1159|
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