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Tricia Koroknay‐Palicz and Joao Montalvao
 
''Sex, Lies, and Surveys: The Role of Interviewer Characteristics''
( 2020, Vol. 40 No.4 )
 
 
This paper examines how easily observable interviewer characteristics, such as gender and physical attractiveness, and more difficult to observe characteristics, such as attitudes and beliefs, affect adolescent girls' disclosure of sexual behavior during a baseline survey for an adolescent girls program in Liberia. We find that girls are more likely to report sexual activity to better-looking interviewers, and less likely to do so to interviewers holding more discriminatory gender attitudes and greater expectations about the program. While we find no evidence of a direct effect of interviewer gender, we find some evidence that the impacts of interviewer characteristics vary by interviewer gender.
 
 
Keywords: Interviewer effects, adolescent girls.
JEL: C8 - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs: General
J1 - Demographic Economics: General
 
Manuscript Received : Sep 26 2019 Manuscript Accepted : Dec 28 2020

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