On the Reliability of Retrospective Unemployment Information in European Household Panel Data
Government Institute for Economic Research (VATT)
Ralf A. Wilke
University of York (UK); Center for European Economic Research (ZEW); Policy Studies Institute (PSI)
March 9, 2011
Government Institute for Economic Research Working Paper No. 21
The retrospectively recalled calendar of activities in the European Community Household Panel is a prime resource for cross country analysis of unemployment experience. We investigate the reliability of these data and find that 26% of unemployed respondents misreported retrospectively their unemployment status in the subsequent interview. We observe large differences across countries: While the conditional probability of a successful recall is 96% in the UK, it is just 51% in Greece for a comparable individual. These evident data problems likely affect the results of cross country comparisons.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 18
Keywords: Recall error, unemployment, ECHP
JEL Classification: C81, C83, J64working papers series
Date posted: March 9, 2011
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