Guest Post: Against the “More-Is-Better” Principle in Corruption Survey Design

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A series of recent posts on this blog have addressed a persistent difficulty with corruption experience surveys: the reticence problem–in other words, the reluctance of respondents to give honest answers to questions about sensitive behaviors–which may be caused by fear of retaliation or by “social desirability” bias (fear of “looking bad” to an interviewer) Various techniques have been developed to try to mitigate the reticence problem, leading to a range of different survey designs.

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