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The applied social sciences have witnessed a growing use of sensitive survey techniques (SSTs) to study the relationship between facets of an individual’s background and his propensity to engage in sensitive behavior. The rationale undergirding the use of these techniques is the assumption that the rate of misrepresentation and/or nonresponse under direct questioning among individuals bearing the sensitive trait would be so high as to make the use of direct questioning infeasible. But is this indeed the case? Presently available methodological tools do not provide an answer. The current paper presents a survey questioning strategy and corresponding statistical framework that simultaneously addresses the question of whether or not the use of a SST is required to study a given sensitive behavior, provides an estimate of the prevalence of the sensitive behavior in the population of interest, and, in its extended form, describes how individual characteristics relate to the likelihood of engaging in the behavior.
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A growing literature seeks to identify policies that could reduce intimate partner violence. However, in the absence of reliable administrative records, this violence is often measured using self-reported data from health surveys. In this paper, an experiment is conducted comparing data from such surveys against a methodology that provides greater privacy to the respondent. Non-classicalmeasureme ... (View publication)
Violence against women takes place mainly in the private sphere and is perpetrated by people close to the victim. These features can introduce large biases into its reporting in specialized surveys as well as to the authorities. We test for the existence of measurement error in the reporting of such violence using experimental methods in Peru, a country with several specialized surveys but one ... (View publication)
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