Respondent Incentives in a National Face-to-Face Survey: Effects on Outcome Rates, Sample Composition and Fieldwork Efforts

Michael Blohm & Achim Koch
Nonresponse is an ongoing challenge for survey research. In the German General Social Survey (ALLBUS) 2010, an experiment was set up to test the effect of respondent incentives on outcome rates, sample composition and fieldwork efforts. A random subsample of target persons was offered a monetary incentive of €10 to be paid upon completion of the interview. The other part of the sample acted as a control group receiving no incentive. The incentive used in...
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