Heterogeneous interpretation of “household expenditure” in survey reports : evidence and implications of bias

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Title: Heterogeneous interpretation of “household expenditure” in survey reports : evidence and implications of bias
Authors: Comerford, David
Delaney, Liam
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2692
Date: Jun-2010
Abstract: This paper addresses respondents’ interpretation of the term “household expenditure” when answering survey questions. A sizeable minority of respondents do not attempt to include all transactions made by every household member, interpreting the question as eliciting individual consumption. This biases estimates of expenditure downward. Furthermore, this bias is predicted by respondent characteristics.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Geary Institute
Keywords: Household expenditure;Survey methods;Measurement error
Subject LCSH: Consumption (Economics)--Surveys--Methodology
Household surveys--Methodology
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Geary Institute Working Papers

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