Journal of Official Statistics, Vol.14, No.2, 1998. pp. 189–205
Response Burden and Panel Attrition
Adriaan W. Hoogendoorn and Dirk Sikke
Abstract:When maintaining a consumer panel one is confronted with the question of how large the response burden can be. It is our experience that the larger the response burden (i.e., the number and size of the respondent's tasks) the higher the panel attrition. Consequently, we have a trade-off problem. In this article we derive some rules for optimum response burden for change estimators under simple model assumptions. The consequences of these results for daily research design in frequently measuring panels are discussed.
Keywords:Budget survey; consumer panels; estimators of change; survey designs.
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