Design effects in survey-based measures of household consumption


Winter, Joachim


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URL: http://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/2786
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-27861
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2002
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Law and Economics > Sonstige - Fakultät für Rechtswissenschaft und Volkswirtschaftslehre
MADOC publication series: Sonderforschungsbereich 504 > Rationalitätskonzepte, Entscheidungsverhalten und ökonomische Modellierung (Laufzeit 1997 - 2008)
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: C81 ,
Subject headings (SWD): Niederlande , Einkommensstatistik , Panel , Lebenshaltungskosten , Aggregation
Keywords (English): survey methodology , consumption
Abstract: An important issue in designing survey questions on household consumption is the level of aggregation of expenditure categories. In this paper, I present experimental evidence on biases that are related to the choice of expenditure categories. Comparing responses to a 'one shot' question with responses to a more disaggregated design that comprises 35 expenditure categories reveals significant underreporting in the one-shot question. The same holds true when responses to one of these still relatively broad categories (food and beverages) are compared with measures from a budget survey that is based on a very detailed expenditure diary. There is also some evidence that these biases affect subsequent substantive economic analysis such as the estimation of Engel curves.
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