Linking administrative records to surveys: differences in the correlates to consent decisions

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Understanding Society Working Paper Series


Tarek Al Baghal, Gundi Knies and Jonathan Burton

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With decreasing survey response rates, increased costs, and tightened survey budgets, the linking of administrative records to survey data is seen as an important tool for research. The current study analyzes consent decisions in the first wave of Understanding Society: the UK Household Longitudinal Study. This study examines the decision to consent through theories of nonresponse such as those of Groves and Couper (1998). People are less likely to consent to health than to education records. However, there are few variables consistently related to consent. Results suggest that there is still much to be learned about the consent decision.


Education, Survey Methodology and Health

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