An initial look at non-response and attrition in Understanding Society

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Understanding Society Working Paper Series


Peter Lynn, Jonathan Burton, Olena Kaminska, Gundi Knies and Alita Nandi

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This paper describes the extent and correlates of non-response at waves 1 and 2 of Understanding Society. We examine both household-level and individual-level non-response at wave 1. For wave 2, we examine attrition relative to wave 1 both in terms of enumerated persons and in terms of adults responding to the individual interview. We analyse separately the general population sample and the ethnic minority boost sample. We also describe attrition for the BHPS sample between wave 18 of the BHPS and wave 2 of Understanding Society, when that sample was incorporated into Understanding Society.

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