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Journal of Official Statistics, Vol.15, No.2, 1999. pp. 167184

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Exploring the Relation of Economic and Political Conditions with Refusal Rates to a Government Survey

Abstract:
The relations among some important economic and political indicators and refusal rates for the Current Population Survey (CPS) were examined across a twenty-nine year period using time series regression techniques. The CPS (conducted through personal visit and over the telephone by the U.S. Bureau of the Census) is the primary household labor force survey in the United States. Evidence was found that changes in presidential approval, consumer „sentiments regarding the economy, and the unemployment rate were reliably related to changes in refusal rates in the CPS. Different statistical models for these data are presented and compared, and their limitations and implications are discussed.

Keywords:
Survey nonresponse

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