Response effects in consumption surveys: An application of the beta-binomial model to self-reported drinking frequencies

Timo Alanko (Corresponding Author), Paul Lemmens

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Prospective diaries, seven-day recall interviews, and a self-assessed summary measure are compared as methods of measuring drinking frequency. The distribution of the number of drinking days in diaries is modelled by the beta-binomial model and applied to a Dutch 1985 general population one-week diary and to a 1983 two-week diary. The model-based comparisons show that the deviances between the methods are most pronounced in respondents with intermediate drinking rates. Memory effects are suggested as an interpretation of the deviances.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-273
JournalJournal of Official Statistics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1996
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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