Are incentive effects on response rates and nonresponse bias in large-scale face-to-face surveys generalizable to Germany? Evidence from ten experiments


Pforr, Klaus ; Blohm, Michael ; Blom, Annelies G. ; Erdel, Barbara ; Felderer, Barbara ; Fräßdorf, Mathis ; Hajek, Kristin ; Helmschrott, Susanne ; Kleinert, Corinna ; Koch, Achim ; Krieger, Ulrich ; Kroh, Martin ; Martin, Silke ; Saßenroth, Denise ; Schmiedeberg, Claudia ; Trüdinger, Eva-Maria ; Rammstedt, Beatrice


DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/poq/nfv014
URL: https://academic.oup.com/poq/article-lookup/doi/10...
Additional URL: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/277670275...
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2015
The title of a journal, publication series: Public Opinion Quarterly : POQ
Volume: 79
Issue number: 3
Page range: 740-768
Place of publication: Oxford
Publishing house: Oxford Univ. Press
ISSN: 0033-362X ; 1537-5331
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Social Sciences > Psychologische Diagnostik, Umfragedesign u. Methodik (Rammstedt 2011-)
Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
School of Social Sciences > Methoden d. empirischen Sozialforschung insbes. Internet Panel Survey-Forschung (Juniorprofessur) (Blom 2012-2017)
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: In survey research, a consensus has grown regarding the effectiveness of incentives encouraging survey participation across different survey modes and target populations. Most of this research has been based on surveys from the United States, whereas few studies have provided evidence that these results can be generalized to other contexts. This paper is the first to present comprehensive information concerning the effects of incentives on response rates and nonresponse bias across large-scale surveys in Germany. The context could be viewed as a critical test for incentive effects because Germany’s population is among the most survey-critical in the world, with very low response rates. Our results suggest positive incentive effects on response rates and patterns of effects that are similar to those in previous research: The effect increased with the monetary value of the incentive; cash incentives affected response propensity more strongly than lottery tickets do; and prepaid incentives could be more cost effective than conditional incentives. We found mixed results for the effects of incentives on nonresponse bias. Regarding large-scale panel surveys, we could not unequivocally confirm that incentives increased response rates in later panel waves.

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Pforr, Klaus ; Blohm, Michael ; Blom, Annelies G. ; Erdel, Barbara ; Felderer, Barbara ; Fräßdorf, Mathis ; Hajek, Kristin ; Helmschrott, Susanne ; Kleinert, Corinna ; Koch, Achim ; Krieger, Ulrich ; Kroh, Martin ; Martin, Silke ; Saßenroth, Denise ; Schmiedeberg, Claudia ; Trüdinger, Eva-Maria ; Rammstedt, Beatrice (2015) Are incentive effects on response rates and nonresponse bias in large-scale face-to-face surveys generalizable to Germany? Evidence from ten experiments. Public Opinion Quarterly : POQ Oxford 79 3 740-768 [Article]


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