Sensitive Survey Questions: Measuring Attitudes Regarding Female Genital Cutting Through a List Experiment

Elisabetta De Cao*, Clemens Lutz

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Potential bias in survey responses is higher if sensitive outcomes are measured. This study analyses attitudes towards female genital cutting (FGC) in Ethiopia. A list experiment is designed to elicit truthful answers about FGC support and compares these outcomes with the answers given to a direct question. Our results confirm that the average bias is substantial as answers to direct questions underestimate the FGC support by about 10 percentage points. Moreover, our results provide suggestive but not statistically significant evidence that this bias is more pronounced among uneducated women and women targeted by an NGO intervention (not randomly assigned).

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)871-892
Aantal pagina's22
TijdschriftOxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics
Nummer van het tijdschrift5
Vroegere onlinedatum11-jan-2018
StatusPublished - okt-2018

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