An Investigation of the Nonresponse - Measurement Error Nexus.

Show simple item record Olson, Kristen M. en_US 2008-01-16T15:08:19Z 2008-01-16T15:08:19Z 2007 en_US
dc.description.abstract This dissertation examines the nexus between nonresponse and measurement errors in sample surveys. Recent research has shown no strong relationship between nonresponse rates and nonresponse bias. Nonetheless, best practices argue that researchers should attempt to maximize response rates. One voiced concern about practices involving nonresponse reduction is that reluctant sample persons, successfully brought into the respondent data set through persuasive efforts, may provide data filled with measurement error. This research addresses two questions. First, under what circumstances is nonresponse propensity related to the survey variables of interest? Is noncontact or refusal nonresponse more likely to induce nonresponse bias? Second, what is the relationship between nonresponse propensity, nonresponse bias and measurement error? In particular, how do properties of questions and characteristics of respondents affect the nexus between nonresponse bias and measurement error? This dissertation has four main findings. First, nonresponse bias due to noncontact nonresponse is different from that due to noncooperation nonresponse. The difference lies in how the multiple competing influences on response propensity interact to produce the final respondent data set. Second, expert reviewers are used to provide empirical tests of the cognitive response process, despite unreliability in identifying the cognitive response process. Third, conceptual models linking nonresponse propensity and measurement error are supported. Fourth, these models challenge the common belief that reluctant respondents are the most likely respondents to give answers filled with measurement error. en_US
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dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Survey Nonresponse en_US
dc.subject Measurement Error en_US
dc.subject Survey Methodology en_US
dc.subject Response Propensity en_US
dc.title An Investigation of the Nonresponse - Measurement Error Nexus. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.thesisdegreename Ph.D. en_US
dc.description.thesisdegreediscipline Survey Methodology en_US
dc.description.thesisdegreegrantor University of Michigan, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Groves, Robert M. en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Bradburn, Norman en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Little, Roderick J. en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Raghunathan, Trivellore E. en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Xie, Yu en_US
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevel Mathematics en_US
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevel Social Sciences (General) en_US
dc.subject.hlbtoplevel Science en_US
dc.subject.hlbtoplevel Social Sciences en_US
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dc.owningcollname Dissertations and Theses (Ph.D. and Master's)
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