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Working papers

In 2013 LORE started a working paper series aimed to address problems in survey methodology. The working papers are intended to be quite short, and to focus on concrete, clearly defined research questions within survey methodology. The working papers are less elaborate than conference papers or articles, and are thought to constitute a series of early stage publications from projects that have not yet been published in scientific journals.

Incentivizing the respondents of the SOM-surveys: Estimating the effects on questionnaire response rates

LORE working paper 2017:1Authors: Sofia Arkhede and Henrik Oscarsson

The paper analyses the effects of a large-scale experiment on the effects of incentives in two of the SOM-surveys fielded in fall 2016. The main effects model tests the effects of receiving an incentive on questionnaire response rate after 45 days of fieldwork. Differential effects of incentivizing the SOM-surveys on response rates are also investiged, focusing on age cohorts.

Postal recruitment to a probability based web panel. Long term consequences for response rates, representativeness and costs

LORE working paper 2015:1

Authors: Johan Martinsson and Karolina Riedel

This study evaluates the efficiency of postal recruitment strategies to a probability based web panel. An experimental set-up varied the use of incentives and reminders. The different strategies are evaluated in terms of recruitment rates, panel participation, panel attrition, costs and representativeness. The recruited respondents are followed over an eight wave panel study during two years to evaluate long term effects.

Measuring knowledge of nature and politics in surveys

LORE working paper 2014:3

Author: Elias Markstedt

This study examines three different and fairly common measures of political knowledge: the true/false format, the multiple-choice format and the open-ended format of which the multiple-choice format is the most commonly used measure. Questions such as how knowledge measurements vary when different question formats are used and which format puts the least burden on respondents are explored.

Long-term effects on data quality of different initial response rates in web panel recruitment

LORE working paper 2014:2

Authors: Johan Martinsson and Karolina Riedel

This study analyzes the long term effects on survey response behavior among panelists recruited using different amount of effort, e.g. different number of follow-up contact attempts. The main questions in this working paper concern the participation rates and cumulative response rates in consecutive steps of a panel study.

Measuring issue ownership

LORE working paper 2014:1

Authors: Love Christensen and Johan Martinsson

In this working paper, we employ an experimental research design in the context of an on-line survey to examine and compare four different measures of issue ownership: a seven point-scale measure, a good policy measure, a good-and-bad policy measure and, lastly, a best policy measure.

Postal recruitment into a longitudinal online survey. The effects of different number of reminders

LORE working paper 2013:3

Author: Johan Martinsson

This working paper reports on an attempt to recruit respondents into an online longitudinal panel survey through mailed postcard invitations to a random population sample. The main questions answered in the report is whether or not it is feasible to use this strategy to recruit respondents into a non-commercial online panel survey, and how large the effects of follow-up contacts and reminders are on the recruitment rate.

Recruitment using ‘‘hot topics’’. Consequences for efficiency and representativeness

LORE working paper 2013:2

Authors: Maria Andreasson and Johan Martinsson

In this working paper some attempts to recruit respondents from probability based population samples to the Citizen Panel through postal invitations are presented. In particular the report focuses on the consequences of using a controversial (“hot”) topic in recruiting panel members. In this case, the hot topic was the introduction of congestion charges in the city of Gothenburg.

Field work, survey completion times and data quality in Citizen Panel 4 - 2012

LORE working paper 2013:1

Authors: Love Christensen and Johan Martinsson

This working paper examines whether the time it takes for a respondent to answer a survey is associated with the indicators of survey data quality such as straightlining and nonresponse. The report investigates the response time and data quality for the Citizen Panel 4 from 2012.

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