Randomized Response describes an innovative survey technique designed to overcome the difficulties associated with sensitive or embarrassing questions. It shows how the randomized response method can protect survey respondents and minimize bias. It also shows how the technique can estimate parameters of both qualitative and quantitative measures, test subgroup differences, and perform bivariate and multivariate analyses.


Suppose that an economist was interested in conducting a two-wave panel study of self-reported taxpayer compliance in order to evaluate upcoming changes in the tax code. The panel nature of the design would rule out the use of anonymous procedures such as a self-administered questionnaire. The researcher must employ ...

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