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Working Papers

Misreporting in Sensitive Health Behaviors and Its Impact on Treatment Effects: An Application to Intimate Partner Violence


CODE: IDB-WP-853
AUTHOR(s): Aguero, Jorge , Frisancho, Veronica
PUBLISHED: December 2017
LANGUAGE: English
RELATED TOPICS: Microeconomics
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Abstract:

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-classicalmeasurement error in health surveys is identified as college-educated women, but not the less educated, underreport physical and sexual violence. The paper provides a low-cost solution to correct the bias in the estimation of causal effects under non-classical measurement error in the dependent variable.

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