Characteristics of Non-responders: Non- contacts 2001 Census-linked study (Freeth, 2004) showed non- contact in wave one of the LFS most likely to occur in households: located in the Midlands, East of England, London and the South East living in a purpose-built flat or converted/shared house containing one adult only The HRP of difficult-to-contact households tended to be: single, separated, divorced or widowed born outside the UK an employee or self-employed
Characteristics of non-responders: Refusals Refusal most likely to happen in households: located in the Midlands, East of England, London, South East, South West and Scotland whose HRP did not have degree level qualifications NB: No relationship between country of birth and wave one refusal rate
Non-response on Migrants: Definitions Migrants defined as HRPs born outside the UK Non-migrants defined as UK-born HRPs Note - differs from UN definition: A person who moves to a country other than that of his or her usual residence for a period of at least a year (12 months), so that the country of destination effectively becomes his or her new country of usual residence
Non-response on Migrants : Method Attrition rate calculated for waves 2-5 of all quarters of the 2005 and 2006 LFS Attrition rate: how many HRPs failed to take part in a specific wave as a proportion of those which took part in the previous wave e.g. wave 2 attrition rate shows how many HRPs dropped out in wave 2 as a proportion of those that completed a wave 1 interview
Wave Specific Attrition Rates (Non-contacts + Refusals)
Composition of Non-response Non-Migrants Migrants
Reasons for Refusal at Waves 2-5 Reason for refusalMigrantsNon- migrants Broken appointment44.647.1 Too busy15.013.9 About to go away8.88.5 Other7.75.4 Personal problems6.39.9 Cannot be bothered5.46.5 Language difficulties3.70.2 Invasion of privacy1.82.0 Doesnt believe in surveys1.61.7 Anti-government0.4
Summary LFS response rates have declined over the last decade Wave one non-contact rate higher for migrants Attrition, non-contact and refusal rates higher for migrants at waves 2-5 Composition of non-response is similar for migrants and non-migrants at waves 2-5 Similar reasons for refusal given by migrants and non-migrants Migrant attrition rate is highest in London email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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