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Oliver Lipps

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Oliver Lipps studied Mathematics at the University of Freiburg (Breisgau) and has a PhD in civil engineering from the University of Karlsruhe and a habilitation degree from the University of Basel. He worked for the German Mobility Panel (MoP), the Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), and the Swiss Household Panel (SHP) before he became head of the FORS methodological research unit in Lausanne and private docent at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Berne.


Oliver Lipps published more than 25 papers about survey data quality issues with a focus on nonresponse and attrition in panel surveys. Together with colleagues from NCCR LIVES he wrote articles on social inequality and representativity of minorities in surveys. In addition, he is lecturer in survey methodology and survey research at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Berne and at the Swiss Summer School in Lugano, focussing on methods of panel data analysis.

Selected publications


LIPPS, Oliver and Georg LUTZ: Gender of Interviewer Effects in a multi-topic centralized CATI Panel Survey. methods, data, analyses 11(1): 67-86. DOI: 10.12758/mda.2016.009


LIPPS, Oliver and Florence LEBERT: Attrition when dropping CAPI from a CATI/CAPI panel survey. Survey Practice 9(2). ISSN: 2168-0094

LIPPS, Oliver: Non-Observation Bias in an Address-Register-Based CATI/CAPI Mixed Mode Survey. methods, data, analyses 10(1): 5-24. DOI: 10.12758/mda.2016.001

BAUMANN, Isabel, Oliver LIPPS, Daniel OESCH, and Caroline VANDENPLAS. How to Survey Displaced Workers in Switzerland: Ways of Addressing Sources of Bias. In: “Surveying Human Vulnerabilities across the Life Course” (Editors: Michel­ Oris, Caroline ­Roberts, Dominique­ Joye, Michèle Ernst Stähli), Springer Open, Life Course Research and Social Policies 3: 159-176.

LIPPS, Oliver and Nicolas PEKARI: Sample Representation and Substantive Outcomes Using Web With and Without Incentives Compared to Telephone in an Election Survey. Journal of Official Statistics 32 (1): 165-186.

LIPPS, Oliver: Modeling Cooperation in an Address-register-based Telephone/Face-to-face Survey Field Methods 28(4): 396-414. doi:10.1177/1525822X15617920

TILLMANN, Robin, Marieke VOORPOSTEL, Ursina KUHN, Florence LEBERT, Valérie-Anne RYSER, Oliver LIPPS, Boris WERNLI, and Erika ANTAL. The Swiss Household Panel Study: Observing social change since 1999. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies 7 (1): 64-78.


LIPPS, Oliver, Nicolas PEKARI and Caroline ROBERTS: Undercoverage and Nonresponse in a List-sampled Telephone Election Survey. Survey Research Methods 9 (2): 71-82.

KLEINER, Brian, Oliver LIPPS and Eliane FERREZ. Language Ability and Motivation among Foreigners in Survey Responding. Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology doi: 10.1093/jssam/smv015


LIPPS, Oliver, Francesco LAGANÀ, Alexandre POLLIEN and Lavinia GIANETTONI. Under-representation of foreign minorities in cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys in Switzerland. In Joan Font & Mónica Méndez (eds.): Surveying Ethnic Minorities and Immigrant Populations: Methodological Challenges and Research Strategies: Amsterdam University Press: 241-267.


OESCH, Daniel and Oliver LIPPS: Does unemployment hurt less if there is more of it around? A panel analysis of life satisfaction in Germany and Switzerland. European Sociological Review 29 (5): 955-967, DOI 10.1093/esr/jcs071

LIPPS, Oliver: Using information from telephone panel surveys to predict reasons for refusal. Methoden – Daten – Analysen 6 (1): 3-20.

LIPPS, Oliver and Kathrin KISSAU. Nonresponse in an Individual Register Sample Telephone Survey in Lucerne/Switzerland. In: “Telephone Surveys in Europe: Research and Practice” (Editors: Michael Häder, Sabine Häder, Mike Kühne), Springer: 187-208.

LIPPS, Oliver: A Note on improving Contact Times in Panel Surveys. Field Methods 24 (1): 95-111. DOI: 10.1177/1525822X11417966


LIPPS, Oliver and Alexandre POLLIEN: Effects of Interviewer Experience on Components of Nonresponse in the European Social Survey. Field Methods 23 (2): 156-172, DOI 10.1177/1525822X10387770

VOORPOSTEL, Marieke and Oliver LIPPS. Attrition in the Swiss Household Panel: Is change associated with later drop-out? Journal of Official Statistics 27 (2): 301-318.


LIPPS, Oliver: Effects of Different Incentives on Attrition and Fieldwork Effort in Telephone Household Panel Surveys. Survey Research Methods 4 (2): 81-90.

LIPPS, Oliver: Does Interviewer-Respondent Socio-demographic Matching increase Cooperation in centralized CATI Household Panels? Survey Practice (August 2010)

LIPPS, Oliver and Georg LUTZ: How Answers on Political Attitudes are Shaped by Interviewers: Evidence from a Panel Survey. In Swiss Journal of Sociology, Special Issue (Lipps, O., R. Tillmann, U. Kuhn, D. Lillard, and M. Bergman (eds.): “Social Science Research with Panel Data in Switzerland”. Special Issue of the Swiss Journal of Sociology 2/2010: 345-358


LIPPS, Oliver and Florence MOREAU-GRUET: Change of individual BMI in Switzerland and the USA: a multilevel model for growth. International Journal of Public Health 55: 299-306 DOI 10.1007/s00038-009-0097-8

LIPPS, Oliver: Cooperation in centralised CATI Household Panel Surveys – A Contact-based Multilevel Analysis to Examine Interviewer, Respondent, and Fieldwork Process Effects. Journal of Official Statistics 25 (3): 323-338,


FRICK, Joachim, Stephen JENKINS, Dean LILLARD, Oliver LIPPS and Mark WOODEN: Die internationale Einbettung des Sozio-ökonomischen Panels (SOEP) im Rahmen des Cross-National Equivalent File (CNEF). In: Frick, Joachim R.; Groh-Samberg, Olaf; Schupp, Jürgen und Spieß, C. Katharina (Hrsg) 25 Wellen Sozio-oekonomisches Panel, Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung, DIW Berlin , 77 (3), Berlin: Duncker & Humblot: 110-129.

LIPPS, Oliver: A Note on Interviewer Performance Measures in centralised CATI Surveys. Survey Research Methods 2 (2): 61-73.


FRICK, Joachim, Stephen JENKINS, Dean LILLARD, Oliver LIPPS and Mark WOODEN: The Cross-National Equivalent File (CNEF) and its Member Country Household Panel Studies, Journal of Applied Social Science Studies (Schmollers Jahrbuch) 127 (4): 627-654.

LIPPS, Oliver: Attrition in the Swiss Household Panel. methoden – daten – analysen 1 (1): 45-68.

LIPPS, Oliver: Interviewer and Respondent Survey Quality Effects in a CATI Panel. Bulletin de Méthodologie Sociologique 95: 5-25,


LIPPS, Oliver and Grant BENSON: Cross National Contact Strategies. 2005 Proceedings of the American Statistical Association, Section on Survey Research Methods. Alexandria, VA: American Statistical Association: 3905 – 3914.


BÖRSCH-SUPAN, Axel, Hendrik JÜRGES, and Oliver LIPPS: SHARE – Measuring the ageing process in Europe. ZUMA Nachrichten 53: 96-113.


ZUMKELLER, Dirk, Bastian CHLOND and Oliver LIPPS: Der Anpassungsprozess von Ost an West – schnell aber nicht homogen. Teil 2 der Serie: Entwicklung der Mobilität im vereinten Deutschland. Internationales Verkehrswesen 54 (11): 523-528.


LIPPS, Oliver: Variation im individuellen Mobilitätsverhalten und Anwendungsmöglichkeiten für die Verkehrsplanung. Schriftenreihe der Deutschen Verkehrswissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft, B 234 (Dynamische und statische Elemente des Verkehrsverhaltens – Das Deutsche Mobilitätspanel). (ISBN 3-933392-31-4)


CHLOND, Bastian and Oliver LIPPS: Multimodalität im Personenverkehr im intrapersonellen Längsschnitt. Schriftenreihe des Instituts für Stadtbauwesen, RWTH Aachen, Heft 69, Aachen, Germany. (ISBN 3-88354-140-0)


EBERHARD, Olaf, Oliver LIPPS and Thorsten BAUER: Erhebung und Aufbereitung der Daten. In: Zumkeller, D. (Hrsg.): Verkehr und/oder Telekommunikation? Konzept, Methode und Quantifizierung. Schriftenreihe der Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung 251, Hannover, 1999.

ZUMKELLER, Dirk, Bastian CHLOND and Oliver LIPPS: Das Mobilitäts-Panel (MOP) – Konzept und Realisierung einer bundesweiten Längsschnittbeobachtung. Schriftenreihe der Deutschen Verkehrswissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft, B 217, Bergisch Gladbach, 1999. (ISBN 3-933392-31-4)