Support #1466

Determining which observations have been answered by a proxy

Added by Leilah Plant-Tchenguiz 2 months ago. Updated about 1 month ago.

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Hi, how do I determine which observation questions have been answered by a proxy? My understanding is that if the value of a variable is -7, this indicates that the value is missing as the question was not contained in the proxy questionnaire. However, if I have an observation for a variable which is not missing, how do I know whether this came from the respondent or from the respondent's proxy?



Updated by Alita Nandi 2 months ago

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Use the variable w_ivfio which will tell you if this was a proxy interview or a full interview (meaning the respondent did the interview).

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Updated by Leilah Plant-Tchenguiz 2 months ago

Thanks. If I take a subsample of the individual-level data (which happens to have no proxy respondents), would I use the population weight for respondents exclusive of proxies? Or do you choose the weight type before taking subsamples?


Updated by Alita Nandi 2 months ago

If you exclude proxy respondents then you will use the weight for full respondent. For cross-sectional analysis that is w_indin?_xw and for longitudinal analysis that is w_indin?_lw. Please see the section on selecting weights in the user guide:


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