Click here for search results
How accurate are recall data ? evidence from coastal India
 
Author:de Nicola, Francesca; Gine, Xavier; Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 6009
Country:India; Date Stored:2012/03/22
Document Date:2012/03/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:Finance
Rel. Proj ID:1W-The Crisis And Beyond: Fy11-Fy13 -- -- P122136;Region:South Asia
Report Number:WPS6009Sub Sectors:General finance sector
SubTopics:Access to Finance; Economic Theory & Research; Statistical & Mathematical Sciences; Educational Sciences; Fiscal & Monetary PolicyVolume No:1 of 1

Summary: This paper investigates the accuracy of recall data by comparing administrative records with retrospective, self-reported survey responses to income and asset questions for a sample of self-employed households from coastal India. It finds that the magnitude of the recall error increases over time, in part because respondents rely less on memory and instead infer earnings based on past earnings. Individuals tend to recall monthly earnings more accurately when they are higher than the median. These results imply that the variance estimated from the self-reported earnings distribution will be lower than the real one. The paper also finds that data reported by income earners are more accurate than those by their wives. In addition, the use of time cues can worsen accuracy if they are not relevant to the respondent. Where the recall questions are placed in the two-hour long survey, however, does not affect accuracy.

Official Documents
Official, scanned versions of documents (may include signatures, etc.)
File TypeDescriptionFile Size (mb)
PDF 40 pagesOfficial version*2.8 (approx.)
TextText version**
How To Order

See documents related to this project
* The official version is derived from scanning the final, paper copy of the document and is the official,
archived version including all signatures, charts, etc.
** The text version is the OCR text of the final scanned version and is not an accurate representation of the final text.
It is provided solely to benefit users with slow connectivity.



Permanent URL for this page: http://go.worldbank.org/4VOKEWX6F0