Journal of Official Statistics, Vol.8, No.1, 1992. pp. 19–39
Measuring the Recall Error in Self-Reported Fishing and Hunting Activities
Adam Chu, Donna Eisenhower, Michael Hay, David Morganstein, John Neter and Joseph Waksberg
Abstract:The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sponsors national surveys to estimate the number of participants engaged in various wildlife-related activities, the time spent on those activities, and a wide range of related expenditures. In the past, these surveys relied on a one-year recall period about which respondents were asked about details of their activities during the preceding year. This paper summarizes the results of an experiment designed to measure the direction and magnitude of possible biases that may result from the use of a one-year recall period. The paper also examines the extent to which the bias can be reduced by using shorter recall periods.
Keywords:Recall error; wildlife-related activities; episodic recall; estimation.
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