Respondent behavior in panel studies: A case study for income nonresponse by means of the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP)

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Abstract

Many validation studies deal with item nonresponse and measurement error in earnings data. In this article, the author explores respondents' motives for failing to reveal earnings using the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP). The SOEP collects socioeconomic information from private households in the Federal Republic of Germany. The author explains the evolution of income nonresponse in the SOEP and demonstrates the importance of discriminating between refusing to state income and responses of "don't know." (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved) (from the journal abstract)

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  • Interviewer effects
  • Item nonresponse
  • Multilevel modeling
  • Panel analysis
  • Respondent behavior
  • SOEP

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  • Jörg Peter Schräpler

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