Affordable Access

Publisher Website

Are we keeping the people who used to stay? Changes in correlates of panel survey attrition over time

Authors
Journal
Social Science Research
0049-089X
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
40
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2011.03.001
Keywords
  • Survey Nonresponse
  • Panel Attrition
  • Nonresponse Bias
Disciplines
  • Design
  • Ecology
  • Political Science

Abstract

Abstract As survey response rates decline, correlates of survey participation may also be changing. Panel studies provide an opportunity to study a rich set of correlates of panel attrition over time. We look at changes in attrition rates in the American National Election Studies from 1964 to 2004, a repeated panel survey with a two-wave pre-post election design implemented over multiple decades. We examine changes in attrition rates by three groups of variables: sociodemographic and ecological characteristics of the respondent and household, party affiliation and political and social attitudes recorded at the first interview, and paradata about the first wave interview. We find relatively little overall change in the pre-post election panel attrition rates, but important changes in demographic correlates of panel attrition over time. We also examine contact and cooperation rates from 1988 to 2004.

There are no comments yet on this publication. Be the first to share your thoughts.