Call for Abstracts for a Conference on Data Quality Issues in Longitudinal Surveys

09/23/97

Call for Abstracts for a Conference on
Data Quality Issues in Longitudinal Surveys

The Board of Overseers of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, the Technical Review Committee of the National Longitudinal Surveys and the Health and Retirement Study are jointly sponsoring a conference on data quality issues in longitudinal surveys with funding from the National Science Foundation, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Institute on Aging.

The main purpose of the conference is to advance basic research on data quality issues of particular relevance to household-level longitudinal surveys. The conference is intended as a vehicle to encourage researchers in the social sciences to address issues of data quality that have potentially critical consequences for research findings. It is equally intended to encourage survey methodologists to become more informed about the research potential of existing longitudinal surveys in the social sciences. The topics of interest should address methodological issues either that have a substantive social science connection with longitudinal data or that make use of unique features of specific longitudinal data sets.

Among the potential topics that will be given priority are:

(1) Recall bias in retrospective questions particularly as it is related to event history or spell data.
(2) Measurement issues in the collection of consumption and asset data.
(3) Validation of subjective questions having to do with preferences, expectations, attitudes, and hypothetical scenarios.
(4) The effects of interview and questionnaire characteristics on data quality, e.g., the relationship between interview mode or length, or question wording or placement on item non-response, response validity and future attrition.

Some priority will be given to papers that make use of the longitudinal data sets sponsored by NSF, BLS or NIA, namely the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, any of the cohorts of the National Longitudinal Surveys of Labor Market Experience, the Health and Retirement Survey, and the Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old survey. However, submissions using other U.S. and non-U.S. panel or longitudinal data sets are also encouraged.

The calendar for the selection process and completed papers is as follows:

* Abstracts are due 15 December 1997. A committee consisting of representatives from the the PSID Board of Overseers, the Technical Review Committee of the National Longitudinal Surveys and the Health and Retirement Study will select authors by January 15, 1998. We anticipate that about 12 papers will be selected for a one and one-half to two day conference. Abstracts should be three to four pages long. Publication of the papers as a conference volume or in an appropriate journal outlet is under consideration.

* The conference will be held in Fall 1998, allowing authors approximately one year to complete their papers. Papers will be circulated to conference participants and discussants prior to the meeting. Presenters will be compensated for their travel and living expenses.

Abstracts should be sent by 15 December 1997 to:

Kaarin Stahl
Institute for Social Research, Room 3267
University of Michigan
PO Box 1248
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248

You may send electronic mail to kmstahl@umich.edu.

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