Journal of Official Statistics, Vol.11, No.1, 1995. pp. 93–106
Theoretical Motivation for Post-Survey Nonresponse Adjustment in Household Surveys
Robert M. Groves and Mick P. Couper
Abstract:In this paper we argue that statistical adjustment for nonresponse should be guided by an explicit theory of survey participation. We offer a framework for such a theory and discuss some of the factors that should be considered in gaining an understanding of why people agree to participate in surveys. Using data from a match of survey data to decennial census records, we illustrate the importance of considering different aspects of nonresponse (e.g., refusals and noncontacts) in informing adjustment models and discuss the implications of these findings for nonresponse adjustment.
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