nep-ltv New Economics Papers
on Unemployment, Inequality and Poverty
Issue of 2005‒06‒19
two papers chosen by
Maximo Rossi
Universidad de la República

  1. The Impact of Interviewing Method On Measurement Error in Panel Survey Measures of Benefit Receipt: evidence from a validation study By Stephen P. Jenkins; Annette Jäckle; Peter Lynn; Emanuela Sala
  2. Marriage and Wages By Elena Bardasi; Mark P. Taylor

  1. By: Stephen P. Jenkins (Institute for Social and Economic Research); Annette Jäckle (Institute for Social and Economic Research); Peter Lynn (Institute for Social and Economic Research); Emanuela Sala (Institute for Social and Economic Research)
    Abstract: This article is concerned with measurement error in panel survey reports of social security benefit receipt. Our aims are two-fold. First, we attempt to quantify the extent of measurement error and to identify its correlates. Second, we assess the extent to which this varies according to the questioning method used. Specifically, dependent interviewing has been proposed as a way to reduce under-reporting in some circumstances and we compare two versions of dependent interviewing (DI) with traditional independent interviewing in an experimental design. We use data from a large-scale UK household panel survey and we consider six benefits. To assess the measurement error, a validation exercise was conducted, with administrative data on benefit receipt matched at the individual level to the survey micro data.
    Keywords: Measurement error, dependent interviewing, longitudinal data quality, panel data
    Date: 2004–12
  2. By: Elena Bardasi (The World Bank); Mark P. Taylor (Institute for Social and Economic Research)
    Abstract: This work investigates the presence of and potential economic explanations for a wage premium for married men in Britain using panel data covering the 1990s. We explicitly test several hypotheses developed in the literature to explain this premium, including the household division of labour and specialisation, differential rates of human capital formation, employer favouritism, and self-selection. After accounting for individual specific, time invariant effects, and a wide range of individual, household and job and employer related characteristics, we find a small, but statistically significant premium remains that can be attributed to productivity effects. Our estimates provide evidence for the existence of a large effect of selection into marriage based on both observable and unobservable characteristics that are positively correlated with wages, and limited evidence in support of the specialisation and human capital accumulation explanations.
    Keywords: bhps, marriage, panel data, wage growth, wages
    Date: 2005–02

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