Survey Methodology is becoming a more structured field of research, deserving of more and more academic attention. The SAGE Handbook of Survey Methodology explores both the increasingly scientific endeavour of surveys and their growing complexity, as different data collection modes and information sources are combined. The handbook takes a global approach, with a team of international experts looking at local and national specificities, as well as problems of cross-national, comparative survey research. The chapters are organized into seven major sections, each of which represents a stage in the survey life-cycle: Surveys and Societies Planning a Survey Measurement Sampling Data Collection Preparing Data for Use Assessing and Improving Data Quality The SAGE Handbook of Survey Methodology is a landmark and essential tool for any scholar within the social sciences.

Record Linkage

Rainer Schnell


Record linkage (RL) operations identify the same objects in different databases using common identifiers or unique combinations of variables. Record linkage of surveys usually links responses of a given respondent from a survey to responses of the same respondent in a different survey, or to administrative data relating to the same respondent. Record linkage therefore refers to combining micro data of the same unit. The unit may be not a person, but an organization, a commercial enterprise or a patent application, but the word ‘record linkage’ is generally considered to be confined to micro data on the same unit. Therefore, record linkage is conceptually different from data fusion, in which data of different units is used ...

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