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How the time of interviews affects estimates of income and wealth

Giovanni D�Alessio () and Stefano Iezzi ()
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Giovanni D�Alessio: Bank of Italy

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No 273, Questioni di Economia e Finanza (Occasional Papers) from Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area

Abstract: In the Survey of Household Income and Wealth (SHIW) conducted by the Bank of Italy, the flow variables (income and consumption) refer to the year preceding the interview while the stock variables (household composition and net wealth) refer to the end of the year. However, there are some exceptions that may produce effects on the estimates but that are not usually taken into account. What is more, the time of year of the interviews may affect the composition of the sample (wealthier families may be less available in summer or during holiday periods). We quantify the possible effects of these factors on the estimates of household income and wealth and propose an adjustment method.

Keywords: income; wealth; household; non-response (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D10 D31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015-06
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