Participation in a mobile app survey to collect expenditure data as part of a large-scale probability household panel: response rates and response biases

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Understanding Society Working Paper Series


Annette Jäckle, Jonathan Burton, Mick P. Couper and Carli Lessof

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We examine non-response in expenditure data collected with a mobile app: 2,432 members of the Understanding Society Innovation Panel in the UK were invited to download an app to record all their spending on goods and services for a month, by scanning receipts or reporting spending in the app. We examine participation at different stages of the process; the prevalence of potential barriers to participation, including access, ability and willingness to use different mobile technologies; and biases in the types of people who participate, considering socio-demographic characteristics, financial position and financial behaviours.


Information And Communication Technologies, Survey Methodology and Finance

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