The Design and Implementation of Economic Surveys: Response to a Recession in Seattle (1970-72).

by S. Crocker


Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback68 pages $25.00 $20.00 20% Web Discount

Describes the development of two questionnaires used in studying the economic impact of the 1970-1972 recession in Seattle. A household questionnaire measuring the general impact was used in selecting respondents for the more detailed job status change questionnaire, which explored the respondent's work history and the economic adjustments made in the specific households. The central focus of this report is on methodological issues: designation of the units of analysis, sample design, sample size, selection of respondents, determination of an acceptable response rate, and questionnaire construction. The final section discusses general questions of economic survey development. In general, the precise operational distinctions required for testing economic concepts are difficult to accommodate within the framework of exploratory research. 68 pp. Ref.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation Report series. The report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1993 that represented the principal publication documenting and transmitting RAND's major research findings and final research.

Our mission to help improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis is enabled through our core values of quality and objectivity and our unwavering commitment to the highest level of integrity and ethical behavior. To help ensure our research and analysis are rigorous, objective, and nonpartisan, we subject our research publications to a robust and exacting quality-assurance process; avoid both the appearance and reality of financial and other conflicts of interest through staff training, project screening, and a policy of mandatory disclosure; and pursue transparency in our research engagements through our commitment to the open publication of our research findings and recommendations, disclosure of the source of funding of published research, and policies to ensure intellectual independence. For more information, visit

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.