Can survey participation alter household saving behaviour?

Thomas Crossley, Jochem de Bresser, L. Delaney, Joachim Winter

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We document an effect of survey participation on household saving. Indentification comes from random assignment to modules within a population-representative internet panel. The saving measure is based on linked administrative wealth data. Households that responded to a detailed questionnaire on needs in retirement reduced their non-housing saving rate by 3.5 per- centage points, on a base of 1.5%. The survey may have acted as a salience shock, possibly with respect to reduced housing costs in retirement. Our findings present an important challenge to survey designers. They also add to the evidence of limited attention in household financial decision making.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2332-2357
JournalEconomic Journal
Issue number606
Early online date24 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017


  • survey effects
  • savings
  • administrative data
  • retirement


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