Comparability of web and telephone survey modes for the measurement of subjective well-being

  • Francesco Sarracino National Institute of Statistics of Luxembourg (STATEC), Agence pour la Normalisation et l'Economie de la Connaissance (ANEC) and LCSR National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE)
  • Cesare Fabio Antonio Riillo National Institute of Statistics of Luxembourg (STATEC), Agence pour la Normalisation et l'Economie de la Connaissance (ANEC)
  • Malgorzata Mikucka Universit√® Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) and LCSR National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9648-0939
Keywords: web survey, telephone survey, survey mode, subjective well-being, Oaxaca decomposition, Coarsened Exact Matching

Abstract

We compare subjective well-being measures collected with a web and telephone surveys to test whether survey mode affects people's evaluations of their well-being. We use unique, nationally representative data from Luxembourg which contains five measures of subjective well-being collected through web and telephone surveys. Oaxaca decomposition and multinomial logit with Coarsened Exact Matching indicate that the survey mode affects peoples' well-being scores. Web respondents are more likely to report low well-being and less likely to report the neutral category. However, the consequences for statistical inference are negligible. Our results support the view that web and telephone surveys are comparable tools for collecting subjective data, such as people's well-being.

Author Biographies

Francesco Sarracino, National Institute of Statistics of Luxembourg (STATEC), Agence pour la Normalisation et l'Economie de la Connaissance (ANEC) and LCSR National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE)
Research division
Cesare Fabio Antonio Riillo, National Institute of Statistics of Luxembourg (STATEC), Agence pour la Normalisation et l'Economie de la Connaissance (ANEC)
Research division
Malgorzata Mikucka, Universitè Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) and LCSR National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE)
Centre for Demographic Research
Published
2017-08-07
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