Event

Selection in Surveys by Magne Mogstad 

Join Magne Mogstad for this event, which is part of the Applied Economics Research Seminar Series, Spring Term 2022

  • Thu 3 Mar 22

    16:00 - 17:30

  • Online

    Zoom

  • Event speaker

    Magne Mogstad

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    Applied Economics Research Seminar Series

  • Event organiser

    Economics, Department of

Join Magne Mogstad as they present research on Selection in Surveys.

Selection in Surveys by Magne Mogstad 

Join us for the latest Applied Economics Research Seminar Series event, Spring Term 2022.

Magne Mogstad from the Department of Economics, University of Chicago will present research on Selection in Surveys.

Abstract

 We evaluate how nonresponse affects conclusions drawn from survey data and consider how researchers can reliably test and correct for nonresponse bias. To do so, we examine a survey on labor market conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic that used randomly assigned financial incentives to encourage participation. We link the survey data to administrative data sources, allowing us to observe a ground truth for participants and nonparticipants. We find evidence of large nonresponse bias, even after correcting for observable differences between participants and nonparticipants. We apply a range of existing methods that account for nonresponse bias due to unobserved differences, including worst-case bounds, bounds that incorporate monotonicity assumptions, and approaches based on parametric and nonparametric selection models. These methods produce bounds (or point estimates) that are either too wide to be useful or far from the ground truth. We show how these shortcomings can be addressed by modeling how nonparticipation can be both active (declining to participate) and passive (not seeing the survey invitation). The model makes use of variation from the randomly assigned financial incentives, as well as the timing of reminder emails. Applying the model to our data produces bounds (or point estimates) that are narrower and closer to the ground truth than the other methods.

The seminar will begin with a presentation and will end with a Q and A session.

It will be held on zoom at 4pm on Thursday 3rd March. This event is open to all levels of study and is also open to the public. To register your place and gain access to the webinar, please contact the seminar organisers.

This event is part of the Applied Economics Research Seminar Series.

 

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Contact the seminar organisers
Dr Michel Serafinelli Department of Economics
University of Essex
Dr Xiaoyu Xia Department of Economics
University of Essex

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