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Gross Income Non-Response in the German Socio-Economic Panel – Refusal or Don’t Know?
Journal of Contextual Economics – Schmollers Jahrbuch, Vol. 123 (2003), Iss. 1 : pp. 109–124
Many validation studies deal with item non-response and measurement error in earnings data. In this paper we explore motives of respondents who fail to reveal earnings using the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP). The GSOEP collects socio-economic information from private households in the Federal Republic of Germany. We explain the evolution of income non-response in the GSOEP and demonstrate the importance of distinguishing between a refusal to respond and a response of \don’t know”.