Journal of Official Statistics, Vol.5, No.2, 1989. pp. 125–142
Recall Effects in the U.S. Consumer Expenditure Interview Survey
Adriana R. Silberstein
Abstract:The three month recall of apparel and house furnishing expenses from the 1984 U.S. Consumer Expenditure Interview Survey is analyzed by type of respondent. Main effects and interactions are tested for such variables as family type, age of respondent, and use of records, with a dependent and use of records, with a dependent variable derived by comparing the expenses reported for the most recent month to expenses reported for the three month period; the variable is interpreted as an indicator of potential underreporting. Results show that significant variation can be expected in the degree this phenomenon manifests itself with different respondents.
Keywords:Responses error; expenditure data; type of respondent.
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