Journal article

Dead or Alive? Dealing with Unknown Eligibility in Longitudinal Surveys

N Watson

Journal of Official Statistics | Statistiska Centralbyraan,Statistics Sweden | Published : 2016


Longitudinal surveys follow people over time and some of these people will die during the life of the panel. Through fieldwork effort, some deaths will be reported or known, but others will be unobserved due to sample members no longer being issued to field or having inconclusive fieldwork outcomes (such as a noncontact that is not followed by a contact at a later wave). The coverage of deaths identified among sample members has flow-on implications to nonresponse correction. Using the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey, four methods are used to examine the extent of missing death reports. The first method matches the sample to the national death register. The ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research makes use of unit record data from the HILDA Survey (Release 13). The HILDA Project was initiated and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) and is managed by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research (Melbourne Institute). The findings and views reported in this article, however, are those of the author and should not be attributed to either DSS or the Melbourne Institute. The author thanks John Henstridge, Robert Breunig, an Associate Editor of the Journal and three anonymous referees for their helpful comments on an earlier version of this article.