Differences in the quality of the interview process between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians: implications for survey analysis

Perales, Francisco, Baffour, Bernard and Mitrou, Francis (2014). Differences in the quality of the interview process between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians: implications for survey analysis. LCC Working Paper Series 2014-02, Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland.

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Author Perales, Francisco
Baffour, Bernard
Mitrou, Francis
Title Differences in the quality of the interview process between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians: implications for survey analysis
School, Department or Centre Institute for Social Science Research
Institution The University of Queensland
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Series LCC Working Paper Series
Report Number 2014-02
Publication date 2014-09
Total pages 28
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Comparable survey data on Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is highly sought after by policymakers to inform policies aimed at closing ethnic socio-economic gaps. However, collection of such data is compromised by group differences in socio economic status and cultural norms. We use data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey and multiplemembership multilevel regression models that allow for individual and interviewer effects to examine differences between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in approximate measures of the quality of the interview process. We find that there are both direct and indirect ethnic effects on different dimensions of interview process quality, with Indigenous Australians faring worse than non-Indigenous Australians in all outcomes ceteris paribus. This indicates that nationwide surveys must feature interview protocols that are sensitive to the needs and culture of Indigenous respondents to improve the quality of the survey information gathered from this subpopulation.
Keyword Indigenous Australians
Socio-economic deprivation
Culture
Survey design
Interviewer effects
Multilevel models
Institutional Status UQ

 
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