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Activity Number: 362
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Section on Government Statistics
Abstract - #303075
Title: Assessing the Finance Company Universe: Nonresponse Follow-up-Challenges and Solutions
Author(s): Lisa Chen*+
Companies: Federal Reserve Board
Address: 20th & C St. NW, Washington, DC, 20551,
Keywords: Cluster sampling ; Nonresponse ; Business survey

The Census of Finance Companies was conducted in 2010 by the Federal Reserve Board to assess companies that supply credit or lease financing to households or businesses. Nonresponse follow-up was also conducted as part of an effort to estimate the universe. One unique challenge was the inadequate sampling frame which turned out to contain records including branches or offices of companies instead of the likely financial companies deemed to be the highest holder in their hierarchical corporate structure. This paper presents a clustering approach based on the similarity in company names for the design and implementation of the nonresponse follow-up sample. Furthermore, this paper also briefly discusses its impact on universe estimation.

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