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Reducing Panel Attrition: A Search for Effective Policy Instruments.

Publication Abstract

Willis, Robert, and Daniel Henry Hill. 2001. "Reducing Panel Attrition: A Search for Effective Policy Instruments." Journal of Human Resources, 36(3): 416-438.

In this paper a theory of the survey response decision process is developed and applied to the analysis of field office policy measures in an attempt to see which of these are effective in reducing panel attrition. Data is used from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) to assess the effectiveness of, 1. reducing the length of the interview, and 2. assigning the same initial interviewer wave after wave. There is virtually no evidence in the data that interview length affects subsequent wave response. Assigning the same interviewer wave after wave, however, has had a strong positive effect on response rates.

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