Online Program

Nonresponse Bias Analysis for Business Surveys - Guidance from the US Office of Management and Budget
*Brian Harris-Kojetin, Office of Management and Budget, Statistical and Science Policy 


National Statistical Institutes have been facing declining response rates and increased costs of data collection for many surveys. In recent years, there has been an increased attention on nonresponse bias rather than response rates. In the U.S., the Office of Management and Budget issued guidance stipulating that Federal agencies conduct nonresponse bias analyses if survey response rates fall below 80 percent. This lecture will provide an introduction to issues of survey nonresponse and an overview of techniques for examining potential nonresponse bias in establishment surveys. The use of different analysis techniques will be illustrated with examples used by U.S. agencies on their establishment surveys.