Panel Fatigue

Panel fatigue refers to the phenomenon in survey research whereby the quality of data that is gathered from a particular member of a survey panel diminishes if she or he is expected to stay in the panel for too long a duration (i.e. for too many waves) of data collection. In the extreme, panel fatigue leads to premature panel nonresponse for particular panel members prior to their tenure in the panel officially expiring. That is, the respondent drops out of the panel early and thereafter is a source of panel attrition. Panel fatigue also contributes to item nonresponse (i.e. missing data), to increases in satisficing as a mode of response, and to other forms of lower quality of data. Because panel fatigue does not ...

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