Date: Sat, 12 Oct 2002 17:05:36 +0200
Reply-To: Craig Kolb <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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From: Craig Kolb <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Honesty and Missing Income
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I did a study for a large microlending company and took the opportunity to
compare reported income with their database (salaries had to be confirmed to
grant a loan). I will have to look the data file up again to see if there is
anything atypical about non responders - if you can wait a bit I will get
back to you next week.
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Jeff A." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Saturday, October 12, 2002 1:08 AM
Subject: Honesty and Missing Income
> ...not directly a spss question, but this is likely quite relevant to many
> Is anyone aware of any research that would suggest what the relationship
> between the refusal to provide household income on a survey and the
> honesty of the respondent or the accuracy of their survey answers?
> We have some analyses where there is a good deal of missing income
> measures. When we simply delete these cases our effect sizes increase,
> our other analyses do not seem indicative of any real interactions between
> income and other variables on the outcome. In other words, if we use
> alternative measures of socio-economic status, or impute income using
> different techniques, we are finding no interactions of income with our
> other variables. A few other findings seem to suggest that the
> in this particular survey who refuse to give their income may simply be
> providing other responses less accurately also.
> ...now wondering if there is any prior research that would support or
> refute our assumption. Maybe something in public opinion quarterly?
> Thanks in advance.