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Total Survey Error in Practice by Brady T. West, N. Clyde Tucker, Lars E. Lyberg, Frauke Kreuter, Brad Edwards, Stephanie Eckman, Edith de Leeuw, Paul P. Biemer

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25Errors in Linking Survey and Administrative Data

Joseph W. Sakshaug1,2 and Manfred Antoni3

1 Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

2 Department of Statistical Methods, Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Nuremberg, Germany

3 Research Data Centre (FDZ), Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Nuremberg, Germany

25.1 Introduction

Linking surveys with administrative records is regarded as a useful and cost‐effective means of supplementing survey data collection with existing administrative sources. Evidence of the widespread practice of linking surveys with administrative data is reflected in Table 25.1, which shows a selection of large‐scale surveys and the types of administrative data they link to. The types of administrative data linked to these and other surveys vary considerably, but most often include social security records, tax and benefit records, healthcare enrollment and billing records, and education records.

Table 25.1 A selection of large‐scale surveys that link survey records to administrative records.

Name of surveyCountryType of administrative data
45 and Up StudyAustraliaAdmitted patient; emergency department; cancer registry, mortality; medicare benefits schedule; pharmaceutical benefits scheme data
Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH)AustraliaAdmitted patients data; cancer registry; perinatal data
Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS)CanadaData on deaths; hospital records; medical services; ...

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