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Again on Refusal Conversions

This isn't a technique that gets much attention. I can think of three articles on the topic. I know of one article (Fuse and Xie, 2007)that investigates refusal conversions in telephone surveys and collects information (observations) from interviewers. And I just googled another one (Beullens, et al., 2010) that investigates the effects of time between initial refusal and first converstion attempt.

There is a third article (Burton, et al. 2006) on refusal conversions in panel studies. This one adds another element in that a key consideration is whether refusers that are converted will remain in the panel in subsequent waves. This problem seems to fit really well into the sequential decisionmaking framework. The decision is at which waves, for any given case that refuses, should you try a refusal conversion. You might, for instance, optimize the expected number of responses (completed interviews) over a certain number of waves. Or, you might maximize other measures of data quality.

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