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Re: st: Controlling for atrittion in panel, or creating a panel without atrittion

From   Laurie Molina <>
Subject   Re: st: Controlling for atrittion in panel, or creating a panel without atrittion
Date   Thu, 23 Feb 2012 09:35:56 -0600

Thank you brendan!

On Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 4:31 AM, Brendan Halpin <> wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 23 2012, Laurie Molina wrote:
>> 1. To take a random sample at the first period and then merge the
>> databases to have a panel. In this case my panel will have attrition.
>> In fact by the last period the attrition rate (comparing period 1
>> observations with period 10 observations will be of almost 50%). The
>> remaining sample size much smaller than the original sample size is
>> leading to representativeness issues.
> Yes, your sub-sample will have attrition bias, but in a way that
> reflects that of your main sample. That is, if your main sample is
> representative in wave 1 and then suffers from attrition, this is
> probably a good option, but if subjects can meaningfully enter the main
> sample after wave 1 perhaps not.
>> 2. To take a random sample of the observations that appear on the
>> database in all the periods. If attrition is not random, then i would
>> have a population that is different to the original population, and
>> hence my random sample may not be representative for the original
>> population, but only for the population defined by all the
>> observations that appear in the database in all periods.
> Depending on what analysis you do afterwards, you may end up imposing
> this restriction anyway.
>> Which option do you think i should take?
> A third option would be to take a random sample of IDs, and take all
> observations available for them. This will better replicate the pattern
> of missingness in the main sample.
> Which option is best depends on what analysis you want to do, and on how
> the main sample is collected (in particular, in what way and at what
> time it is representative),
> Brendan
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