Conversion of Non-Respondents in an Ongoing Panel Survey: The Case of the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP)

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Jörg-Peter Schräpler

Ruhr University of Bochum - Faculty of Social Science

Jürgen Schupp

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin); Institute for Sociology, Freie Universität; The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Gert G. Wagner

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin); Berlin University of Technology; German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP)

Date Written: December 1, 2013

Abstract

The results of a resurvey of non-respondents to the SOEP study carried out in 2006 show that this special effort of reinterviewing was relatively ineffective in two respects. First, the rate of successful conversions of passive to active respondents was low (less than 20 percent). Second, the composition of the longitudinal file did not improve. The same groups that showed high dropout rates in the SOEP (particularly low-income respondents and respondents in major cities) showed lower conversion rates in the resurvey. The resulting file of active respondents after the resurvey is therefore even more selective than the original file with regard to population means. Furthermore, due to the low rate of resurveying, the resurvey did not significantly improve the overall statistical power of the SOEP sample. In sum, the resurvey was an interesting experiment, but it shows little potential as a means for improving the standard fieldwork of SOEP.

Keywords: longitudinal survey, non-random attrition, non-respondent conversion, geoadditive regression models, SOEP

JEL Classification: C18, C83, D10

Suggested Citation

Schräpler, Jörg-Peter and Schupp, Juergen and Wagner, Gert G., Conversion of Non-Respondents in an Ongoing Panel Survey: The Case of the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) (December 1, 2013). SOEPpaper No. 626. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2395245 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2395245

Jörg-Peter Schräpler (Contact Author)

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Juergen Schupp

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Gert G. Wagner

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