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Using Multilevel Modeling to Understand Item Nonresponse

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Item nonresponse has been shown related to respondent and item characteristics. On the other hand, interviewer characteristics also have been found related to response behavior on some special issues. Therefore, in studying item nonresponse, we need to take into consideration characteristics of all three above, namely, the interviewer, the respondent and the items. To solve the problem, this study groups items based on what they measure or what mechanism they might activate (dimension), and then uses the 3-level logistic model to analyze them, so that the three-way interaction among the items' dimensions, the respondent and the interviewer can be investigated. Nonresponse from 10 questions in the Mass Media Volume (volume 1) of the Taiwan Social Change fourth survey of the third period are analyzed as an example. Results and implications are discussed.


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