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Adrian Chadi
''I would really love to participate in your survey! Bias problems in the measurement of well-being''
( 2012, Vol. 32 No.4 )
This paper argues that satisfaction data from surveys are biased by varying participant attitudes toward the interview itself. In this manner, interviewees in a German panel study report lower life satisfaction when there is evidence of transient influences like aversion. The empirical findings suggest that researchers of well-being should consider interview-specific factors in order to avoid drawing incorrect conclusions.
Keywords: Subjective well-being, Life satisfaction, Survey design, Measurement error, Response bias, Age-dependent
JEL: I3 - Welfare and Poverty: General
C8 - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs: General
Manuscript Received : Aug 23 2011 Manuscript Accepted : Nov 07 2012

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