Panel surveys: advantages and disadvantages compared with repeated cross-sectional surveys
FORS Guide Nº 14DOI :
Lipps, O. (2021). Panel surveys: advantages and disadvantages compared with repeated cross-sectional surveys. FORS Guide No. 14, Version 1.0. Lausanne (FORS). doi:10.24449/FG-2021-00014.
causal analysis, longitudinal studies, unobserved heterogeneity, attrition, panel care
In this guide, we describe characteristics of probability-based, scientific social science panel surveys and compare them with cross-sectional surveys in terms of data collection and analysis potential. While panel surveys have analytical advantages for describing individual dynamics and conducting causal analyses, they are also more expensive than repeated cross-sectional surveys and require considerable efforts to keep data quality high.
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