Journal of Official Statistics, Vol.15, No.2, 1999. pp. 129142

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International Response Trends: Results of an International Survey

Household survey nonresponse is a matter of great concern in many countries. International comparative data on response and types of nonresponse in combination with data on design and fieldwork strategies are scarce. Data from an international survey on household survey nonresponse are presented in this article. Response rates differ across countries and over time. Knowledge of survey design characteristics and fieldwork strategies helps to increase our insight into the possible causes of nonresponse. Differences in fieldwork strategy are discussed as potential explanations for the differences in response rates across countries. The importance of an optimization of fieldwork strategies is emphasized and the implementation of a system of Current Best Methods (CBM) is proposed.

International data; unit nonresponse; survey design; fieldwork strategy.

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