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Non-response Error versus Measurement Error: A Dilemma when Using Mail Questionnaires for Election Studies

Bilodeau, Antoine

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One strategy used to increase response rates when using mail questionnaires is to prolong the period of data collection. This paper examines the consequences of such a strategy on the Australian Election Studies (1996-2004). The findings suggest that such a strategy has both positive and negative consequences on the overall quality of the survey. On the one hand, prolonging the period of data collection decreases the non-response error by providing a somewhat better representation of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/85400
Source: Australian Journal of Political Science
DOI: 10.1080/10361140500507310

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