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

9 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2015

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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: June 2015

Abstract

We randomly assigned eight different consumption surveys to obtain evidence on the nature of measurement errors in estimates of household consumption. Regressions using data from more error‐prone designs are compared with results from a ‘gold standard’ survey. Measurement errors appear to have a mean‐reverting negative correlation with true consumption, especially for food and especially for rural households.

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? (June 2015). Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 77, Issue 3, pp. 466-474, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2598831 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/obes.12066

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