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Effects of interviewer attitudes and behaviors on refusal in household surveys

Durrant, Gabriele B., Groves, Robert M., Staetsky, Laura and Steele, Fiona (2010) Effects of interviewer attitudes and behaviors on refusal in household surveys. Public Opinion Quarterly, 74 (1). pp. 1-36. ISSN 0033-362X

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Identification Number: 10.1093/poq/nfp098


Interviewers play a crucial role in gaining cooperation from a sample unit. This paper aims to identify the interviewer characteristics that influence survey cooperation. Of principal interest to survey practitioners are interviewer attributes associated with higher cooperation rates, particularly among sample members whose characteristics are traditionally associated with a lower probability of response. Our data source is unusually rich, in that it contains extensive information on interviewers, including their attitudes and behaviors, which are linked to detailed information on both responding and nonresponding sample units. An important value of the data is that they permit examining a host of as yet unanswered questions about whether some interviewer attributes stimulate cooperation among some respondents but not others. In short, we investigate whether some sample units react favorably to certain interviewer characteristics. A multilevel cross-classified logistic model with random interviewer effects is used to account for clustering of households within interviewers, due to unmeasured interviewer attributes, and for the cross-classification of interviewers within areas. The model allows for statistical interactions between interviewer and household characteristics.

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Additional Information: © 2010 The Authors
Divisions: Statistics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2013 13:08
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2024 23:42

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