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IFS/STICERD/UCL Development Work in Progress Seminar

Endogenous Sample Selection in Household Surveys

Niclas Moneke (Oxford)

Thursday 30 November 2023 13:00 - 14:00

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About this event

This paper examines the production of household survey data, a crucial input to social science research and evidence-based policymaking. In theory, household surveys generate data from a randomly selected, representative sample of the population. We provide causal evidence that in practice, enumerators respond to the design of surveys by omitting household members that require a disproportionate amount of effort on their end. Leveraging 182 Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys from 90 low- and middle-income countries, we show that household members eligible for large numbers of questions are frequently under-represented in survey samples, biasing aggregate statistics through their selection out of the sample.

This seminar series is jointly organized by the IFS, STICERD, and UCL.

IFS/STICERD/UCL Development Economics Work In Progress seminars are held on Thursdays in term time at 13:00-14:00, at the IFS, unless specified otherwise.

Seminar organisers: Oriana Bandiera (STICERD, LSE), Imran Rasul (UCL), Britta Augsburg (IFS) and Jonathan Weigel (LSE).

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