Misreporting in Sensitive Health Behaviors and its Impact on Treatment Effects: An Application to Intimate Partner Violence

48 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2018

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Jorge Agüero

University of California, Riverside (UCR); Grupo de Analisis para el Desarrollo (GRADE)

Verónica Frisancho

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Date Written: December 2017

Abstract

A growing literature seeks to identify policies that could reduce intimate partner violence. However, in the absence of reliable administrative records, this violence is often measured using self-reported data from health surveys. In this paper, an experiment is conducted comparing data from such surveys against a methodology that provides greater privacy to the respondent. Non-classical measurement error in health surveys is identified as college-educated women, but not the less educated, underreport physical and sexual violence. The paper provides a low-cost solution to correct the bias in the estimation of causal effects under non-classical measurement error in the dependent variable.

Keywords: : Non-random measurement error, List experiments, Intimate partner violence, Treatment effects

JEL Classification: C83, C21, I12

Suggested Citation

Agüero, Jorge and Frisancho, Veronica, Misreporting in Sensitive Health Behaviors and its Impact on Treatment Effects: An Application to Intimate Partner Violence (December 2017). IDB Working Paper No. IDB-WP-853, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3103802 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3103802

Jorge Agüero (Contact Author)

University of California, Riverside (UCR)

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Grupo de Analisis para el Desarrollo (GRADE)

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Peru

Veronica Frisancho

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) ( email )

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Washington, DC 20577
United States

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