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dc.contributor.authorGibson, John
dc.contributor.authorKim, Bonggeun
dc.date.accessioned2008-12-14T22:50:18Z
dc.date.available2008-12-14T22:50:18Z
dc.date.issued2007-03
dc.identifier.citationGibson, J. & Kim, B. (2007). Measurement error in long-term retrospective recall surveys of earnings. (Department of Economics Working Paper Series, Number 3/07). Hamilton, New Zealand: University of Waikato.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10289/1622
dc.description.abstractSeveral recent studies in labour and population economics use retrospective surveys to substitute for the high cost and limited availability of longitudinal survey data. Although a single interview can obtain a lifetime history, inaccurate long-term recall could make such retrospective surveys a poor substitute for longitudinal surveys, especially if it induces non-classical error that makes conventional statistical corrections less effective. In this paper, we use the unique Panel Study of Income Dynamics Validation Study to assess the accuracy of long-term recall data. We find underreporting of transitory events. This recall error creates a non-classical measurement error problem. A limited cost-benefit analysis is also conducted, showing how savings from using a cheaper retrospective recall survey might be compared with the cost of applying the less accurate recall data to a specific policy objective such as designing transfers to reduce chronic poverty.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherWaikato Management Schoolen_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDepartment of Economics Working Paper Series
dc.subjectlongitudinal dataen_US
dc.subjectmeasurement erroren_US
dc.subjectretrospective surveysen_US
dc.titleMeasurement error in long-term retrospective recall surveys of earningsen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
uow.relation.series3/07
dc.relation.isPartOfWorking Paper in Economicsen_NZ
pubs.elements-id53544


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