Does the Effect of Incentive Payments on Survey Response Rates Differ by Income Support History?

28 Pages Posted: 23 May 2008

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Juan D. Baron

Central Bank of Colombia (Banco de la República); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Robert V. Breunig

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy

Deborah A. Cobb-Clark

School of Economics, University of Sydney; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Tue Gørgens

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Economics (RSE)

Anastasia Sartbayeva

Australian National University - SPEAR

Abstract

This paper asks which sub-groups of the population are affected by the payment of a small cash incentive to respond to a telephone survey. We find that an incentive improves response rates primarily amongst those individuals with the longest history of income support receipt. Importantly, these individuals are least likely to respond to the survey in the absence of an incentive. The incentive thus improves both average response rates and acts to equalize response rates across different socio-economic groups, potentially reducing non-response bias. Interestingly, the main channel through which the incentive appears to increase response rates is in improving the probability of making contact with individuals in the group with heavy exposure to the income support system.

Keywords: survey response, incentive payments, income support

JEL Classification: C89, I39

Suggested Citation

Baron, Juan D. and Breunig, Robert V. and Cobb-Clark, Deborah A. and Gorgens, Tue and Sartbayeva, Anastasia, Does the Effect of Incentive Payments on Survey Response Rates Differ by Income Support History?. , Vol. , pp. -, . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1136274 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0042-7092.2007.00700.x

Juan D. Baron (Contact Author)

Central Bank of Colombia (Banco de la República) ( email )

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Robert V. Breunig

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy ( email )

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Deborah A. Cobb-Clark

School of Economics, University of Sydney ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Tue Gorgens

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Economics (RSE) ( email )

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Australia

Anastasia Sartbayeva

Australian National University - SPEAR ( email )

Economics Program, RSSS
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Canberra, ACT 0200
Australia
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