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Disentangling design effects: Interviewer contributions to measurement error and nonresponse in cross-sectional and panel surveys





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  • Casas-Cordero, Carolina (University of Maryland, The Joint Program in Survey Methology)
  • Jaenichen, Ursula
  • West, Brady T. (Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan)


Juli 2011


Juni 2013


High quality surveys at the IAB are conducted through interviewer ad-ministred surveys. The involvement of interviewers into the data collec-tion process has adverse effects on variance estimation. Data are clus-tered within interviewer and subsequently variances are inflated reduc-ing the efficiency. As a consequence costs for surveys are inflated. Design effects are well known in face-to-face surveys and Schnell & Kreuter (2005) demonstrated for German face-to-face surveys that in-terviewers contribute substantially to such design effects. Up to now interviewer induced measurement error is seen as the key factor contri-buting to this effect. However, hypotheses have been raised that the effects are due to selective participation in the survey rather than a broken interaction between interviewer and respondents. Thus a func-tion of nonresponse bias rather than measurmeent error. So far this hypothesis has only been tested for one telephone survey (West & Olson 2010) with a very specific set of administrative data and an uncomfortable amount of working assumptions. The IAB is in a unique position to test this hypothesis with its combined survey and administrative data sources for face-to-face surveys. Knowledge gained from this research will have great impact on interviewer training and survey administration, well beyond the IAB surveys.


Empirische Abschaetzung von Interviewereffekten bei der Rekrutierung und Befragung von Personen in Surveys.


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