Journal article

Measurement Error in Retrospective Work Histories

Jose Pina-Sanchez, Johan Koskinen, Ian Plewis

SURVEY RESEARCH METHODS | EUROPEAN SURVEY RESEARCH ASSOCIATION | Published : 2014

Abstract

Measurement error in retrospective reports of work status has been difficult to quantify in the past. Issues of confidentiality have made access to datasets linking survey responses to a valid administrative source problematic. This study uses a Swedish register of unemployment as a benchmark against which responses from a survey question are compared and hence the presence of measurement error elucidated. We carry out separate analyses for the different forms that measurement error in retrospective reports of unemployment can take. These are misdates of ends of spells, misclassifications of work status, miscounts of the number of spells of unemployment, misreports of total durations in unem..

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