Journal article

Re-engaging with survey non-respondents: Evidence from three household panels

N Watson, M Wooden

Journal of the Royal Statistical Society - Series A: Statistics in Society | Wiley | Published : 2014


Previous research into the correlates and determinants of non‐response in longitudinal surveys has focused exclusively on why it is that respondents at one survey wave choose not to participate at future waves. This is very understandable if non‐response is always an absorbing state, but in many longitudinal surveys, and certainly most household panels, this is not so. Indeed, in these surveys it is normal practice to attempt to make contact with many non‐respondents at the next wave. This study differs from previous research by examining re‐engagement with previous wave non‐respondents. Drawing on data from three national household panels it is found that the re‐engagement decision is indee..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The research that is reported on in this paper was supported by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant (DP1095497). Central to the analysis are unit record data from the HILDA Survey, the BHPS and the German SOEP study. The HILDA Survey is funded by the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and managed by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research (University of Melbourne), the BHPS was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and managed by the Institute for Social and Economic Research (University of Essex) and the SOEP study, until 2002 at least, was funded by the German National Science Foundation and Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and is managed by the German Institute for Economic Research. We also thank Peter Lynn, Markus Grabka, Noah Uhrig, the Joint Editor and two referees for their helpful comments. The findings and views reported in this paper, however, are those of the authors and should not be attributed to any of the aforementioned individuals or organizations.