How to survey displaced workers in Switzerland : Ways of addressing sources of bias

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serval:BIB_550FD0318626
Type
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Collection
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Titre
How to survey displaced workers in Switzerland : Ways of addressing sources of bias
Titre du livre
Surveying human vulnerabilities across the life course
Auteur(s)
Baumann I., Lipps O., Oesch D., Vandenplas C.
Editeur
Springer
Lieu d'édition
New York
ISBN
978-3-319-24157-9
Statut éditorial
Publié
Date de publication
2016
Editeur scientifique
Oris M., Roberts C., Joye D., Ernst Staehli M.
Série
Life Course and Social Policies
Numéro de chapitre
7
Pages
159-176
Langue
anglais
Résumé
Studying career outcomes after job loss is challenging because individually displaced worker form a self-selected group. Indeed, the same factors causing the workers to lose their jobs, such as lack of motivation, may also reduce their re-employment prospects. Using data from plant closures where all workers were displaced irrespective of their individual characteristics offers a way around this selection bias. There is no systematic data collection on workers displaced by plant closure in Switzerland. Accordingly, we conducted our own survey on 1200 manufacturing workers who had lost their job 2 years earlier. The analysis of observational data gives rise to a set of methodological challenges, in particular nonresponse bias. Our survey addressed this issue by mixing data collection modes and repeating contact attempts. In addition, we combined the survey data with data from the public unemployment register to examine the extent of nonresponse bias. Our analysis suggests that some of our adjustments helped to reduce bias. Repeated contact attempts increased the response rate, but did not reduce nonresponse bias. In contrast, using telephone interviews in addition to paper questionnaires helped to substantially improve the participation of typically underrepresented subgroups. However, the survey respondents still differ from nonrespondents in terms of age, education and occupation. Interestingly, these differences have no significant impact on the substantial conclusion about displaced workers' re-employment prospects.
Mots-clé
career prospects, job loss, nonresponse bias, plant closure, selection bias
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Oui
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18/08/2016 20:01
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20/08/2019 15:09
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