An establishment survey is a survey that seeks to measure the behavior, structure, or output of organizations rather than individuals. Establishment surveys include surveys of business that are critical to our understanding of trends in the economy, such as the Economic Census conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. However, establishment surveys also include surveys of universities and colleges, hospitals, and nursing homes. There has been considerable discussion about the best practices involved with conducting establishment surveys in recent years, as the response rates achieved by many establishment surveys have declined similar to those of household surveys. This reduction in response rates has spurred the development of a more robust literature on conducting establishment surveys, as well as investigation of how to increase cooperation through improved ...

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