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Misreporting among reluctant respondents

Many surveys aim to achieve high response rates to keep bias due to non-
response low. However, research has shown that the relationship between the
nonresponse rate and nonresponse bias is small. In fact, high response rates
may lead to measurement error, if respondents with low response propensities
provide survey responses of low quality. In this paper, we explore the rela-
tionship between response propensity and measurement error, specically mo-
tivated misreporting, the tendency to give inaccurate answers to speed through
an interview. Using data from ve surveys conducted in several countries and
modes, we analyze whether motivated misreporting is worse among those re-
spondents who were the least likely to respond to the survey. Contrary to the
prediction of our theoretical model, we do not nd clear evidence that reluctant
respondents are more likely to misreport.


Bach, R. L., Eckman, S., & Daikeler, J. (2019). Misreporting among reluctant respondents. Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology. https://doi.org/10.1093/jssam/smz013