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Handling nonresponse in business surveys

Der Umgang mit Nichtbeantwortung von Konjunkturumfragen
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Borgoni, Riccardo; Marasini, Donata; Quatto, Piero

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Abstract "Business surveys are a valuable indication of the current and the future economic situation. However refusals are very common in this context and may induce bias in the estimates of interest. In this paper the problem of adjusting for nonresponse estimators of relevant economic outcomes is considered. Using a large simulation study, the authors investigate how weighting adjusted procedures are influenced by the specification of the response model utilized in calculation of the weights. They consider, in particular, how trimming the weights can have an impact on the final estimates and they propose a bootstrap-based procedure to determine an optimal trimming threshold. The authors illustrate the procedure using a 2009 survey of a large population of Italian firms." (author's abstract)
Keywords data collection method; method; response behavior; economic trend; business cycle research; Italy; enterprise; survey research
Classification Methods and Techniques of Data Collection and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Computer Methods
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
Page/Pages p. 145-154
Journal Survey Research Methods, 6 (2012) 3
Issue topic Papers from ITACOSM11
ISSN 1864-3361
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications