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Activity Number: 409
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Government Statistics
Abstract - #304591
Title: Using Contact History to Adjust for Nonresponse in the Current Population Survey
Author(s): John Dixon*+
Companies: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Address: 10308 Meredith Avenue, Kensington, MD, 20895-2945, United States
Keywords: nonresponse ; survey ; weighting ; propensity

The Current Population Survey (CPS) adjusts the sampling weights for nonresponse to match population controls based on cells which combine similar primary sampling units (PSU) based on size and urbanicity. This would increase weights for responding units in PSUs with higher nonresponse. The adjustment method assumes that the nonresponse is random within the adjustment cells. The present study uses information from the Contact History Instrument (CHI) to adjust the weights based on the patterns of responses interviewers experience in contacting and attempting to interview households. This additional adjustment has the potential to reduce nonresponse bias.

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