Being temporarily not at home can often cause the impossibility to give out a questionnaire to each selected unit of a sample; moreover, a high percentage of nonrespondents can strongly affect the quality of estimates. In order to solve this problem the "not at home" are usually called back until they become available; however, this methodology highly increases the costs of a survey. The main idea of this paper traces back to an estimation method early proposed by Politz and Simmons; in particular, a new estimator, based on the regression method, is proposed, so that the auxiliary information about the number of evenings spent at home by the units of the target population can be used. The proposed estimator is shown to be unbiased and more efficient than the one based only on the responses of the units being at home when first contacted. Moreover, unlike from the Politz-Simmons estimator, the variance of the proposed estimator can be easily determined and computed. Finally, in order to discuss the asymptotic properties of the regression estimator, the results of some simulations are reported; both the proposed estimator and the Politz-Simmons one turn out to be asymptotically unbiased; however, the regression estimator still proves to be more efficient.

Maffenini, W. (2008). The regression estimator in presence of "not at home". STATISTICA & APPLICAZIONI, VI(1), 75-89.

The regression estimator in presence of "not at home"

MAFFENINI, WALTER
2008

Abstract

Being temporarily not at home can often cause the impossibility to give out a questionnaire to each selected unit of a sample; moreover, a high percentage of nonrespondents can strongly affect the quality of estimates. In order to solve this problem the "not at home" are usually called back until they become available; however, this methodology highly increases the costs of a survey. The main idea of this paper traces back to an estimation method early proposed by Politz and Simmons; in particular, a new estimator, based on the regression method, is proposed, so that the auxiliary information about the number of evenings spent at home by the units of the target population can be used. The proposed estimator is shown to be unbiased and more efficient than the one based only on the responses of the units being at home when first contacted. Moreover, unlike from the Politz-Simmons estimator, the variance of the proposed estimator can be easily determined and computed. Finally, in order to discuss the asymptotic properties of the regression estimator, the results of some simulations are reported; both the proposed estimator and the Politz-Simmons one turn out to be asymptotically unbiased; however, the regression estimator still proves to be more efficient.
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auxiliary information; nonresponse; not at home; regression estimator; sample survey
English
Maffenini, W. (2008). The regression estimator in presence of "not at home". STATISTICA & APPLICAZIONI, VI(1), 75-89.
Maffenini, W
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