What Does Variation in Survey Design Reveal About the Nature of Measurement Errors in Household Consumption?

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John Gibson

University of Waikato; Motu Economic and Public Policy Research

Kathleen Beegle

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Joachim De Weerdt

University of Antwerp - Institute of Development Policy and Management; KU Leuven - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance (LICOS); Economic Development Initiatives (EDI)

Jed Friedman

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG); World Bank Group

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Date Written: February 1, 2013

Abstract

This paper uses data from eight different consumption questionnaires randomly assigned to 4,000 households in Tanzania to obtain evidence on the nature of measurement errors in estimates of household consumption. While there are no validation data, the design of one questionnaire and the resources put into its implementation make it likely to be substantially more accurate than the others. Comparing regressions using data from this benchmark design with results from the other questionnaires shows that errors have a negative correlation with the true value of consumption, creating a non-classical measurement error problem for which conventional statistical corrections may be ineffective.

Keywords: Food & Beverage Industry, Consumption, Inequality, Economic Theory & Research, Statistical & Mathematical Sciences

Suggested Citation

Gibson, John and Beegle, Kathleen and De Weerdt, Joachim and Friedman, Jed Arnold, What Does Variation in Survey Design Reveal About the Nature of Measurement Errors in Household Consumption? (February 1, 2013). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 6372. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2222528

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