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Nonresponse Among Ethnic Minorities: A Multivariate Analysis

This article examines the nonresponse among ethnic minorities in the Netherlands. We have constructed a structural equation model with various response outcomes, controlling the effect of ethnicity on the response outcomes for various socio-economic and socio-demographic variables. The effect of ethnicity on response is almost entirely mediated by the degree of urbanization. We have also performed multiple group analyses to examine differences between ethnic groups in the response outcome predictors. Here again, we note that urbanization has a negative effect on the response probabilities in all the ethnic groups and in particular on the contact probabilities. This negative effect is somewhat larger, however, among sampled units with a non-Western background.

Nonresponse, ethnic minorities, structural equation models

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