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Variation in incentive effects across neighbourhoods

Variation bei Anreizeffekten in Nachbarschaften
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Hanly, Mark J.; Savva, George M.; Clifford, Ian; Whelan, Brendan J.

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Abstract "Small monetary incentives increase survey cooperation rates, however evidence suggests that the appeal of incentives may vary across sample subgroups. Fieldwork budgets can be most effectively distributed by targeting those subgroups where incentives will have the strongest appeal. We examine data from a randomised experiment implemented in the pilot phase of the Irish Longitudinal Study of Ageing, which randomly assigned households to receive a higher (25 euro) or lower (10 euro) incentive amount. Using a random effects logistic regression model, we observe a variable effect of the higher incentive across geographic neighbourhoods. The higher incentive has the largest impact in neighbourhoods where baseline cooperation is low, as predicted by Leverage-Saliency theory. Auxiliary neighbourhood-level variables are linked to the sample frame to explore this variation further, however none of these moderate the incentive effect, suggesting that richer information is needed to identify sample subgroups where incentive budgets should be directed." (publisher's description)
Keywords incentive system; neighborhood
Classification General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories; Methods and Techniques of Data Collection and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Computer Methods
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 19-30
Journal Survey Research Methods, 8 (2014) 1
ISSN 1864-3361
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications