Nonresponse in Social Science Surveys: A Research Agenda

Editors: Roger Tourangeau and Thomas J. Plewes
National Research Council, 2013

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For many household surveys in the United States and in all wealthy countries, responses rates have been steadily declining for at least the past two decades. Efforts to raise response rates have used such strategies as monetary incentives or repeated attempts to contact sample members and obtain completed interviews, but these strategies increase the costs of surveys. This review addresses the core issues regarding survey nonresponse. It considers why response rates are declining and what that means for the accuracy of survey results. These trends are of particular concern for the social science

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