Journal of Official Statistics, Vol.2, No.3, 1986. pp. 303–314
Handling Wave Nonresponse in Panel Surveys
Abstract:Panel surveys are subject to wave nonresponse which occurs when responses are obtained for some but not all waves of the survey. While weighting adjustments are routinely used to compensate for total nonresponse and imputations are used for item nonresponse, the choice of compensation procedure for wave nonresponse is not obvious. The choice depends on a number of factors, including: the number of waves of missing data; the type of analysis to be conducted; the availability of auxiliary variables with high predictive power for the missing values; and the work involved in implementing the procedures. The paper reviews the issues involved in compensating for wave nonresponse.
Keywords:Nonresponse; weighting adjustments; imputation; panel surveys; panel attrition.
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