Studies of Welfare Populations: Data Collection and Research Issues. What Do We Know About the Effects of Incentives?

06/01/2002

In this section we review what is known about the intended effects of incentives on response rates in mail as well as interviewer-mediated surveys, drawing on two existing meta-analyses (Church, 1993; Singer et al., 1999a) as well as subsequent work by the same and other authors. We specifically consider the usefulness of lotteries as an incentive and the use of incentives in panel studies. We also review what is known about unintended consequences of incentives such as effects on item nonresponse and response bias.

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