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Accounting for misclassification error in retrospective smoking data.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15386689     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Recent waves of major longitudinal surveys in the US and other countries include retrospective questions about the timing of smoking initiation and cessation, creating a potentially important but under-utilized source of information on smoking behavior over the life course. In this paper, we explore the extent of, consequences of, and possible solutions to misclassification errors in models of smoking participation that use data generated from retrospective reports. In our empirical work, we exploit the fact that the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 provides both contemporaneous and retrospective information about smoking status in certain years. We compare the results from four sets of models of smoking participation. The first set of results are from baseline probit models of smoking participation from contemporaneously reported information. The second set of results are from models that are identical except that the dependent variable is based on retrospective information. The last two sets of results are from models that take a parametric approach to account for a simple form of misclassification error. Our preliminary results suggest that accounting for misclassification error is important. However, the adjusted maximum likelihood estimation approach to account for misclassification does not always perform as expected.
Donald S Kenkel; Dean R Lillard; Alan D Mathios
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health economics     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1057-9230     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Econ     Publication Date:  2004 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-10-06     Completed Date:  2005-01-27     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9306780     Medline TA:  Health Econ     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1031-44     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Department of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-4401, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Data Interpretation, Statistical*
Longitudinal Studies
Models, Econometric
Retrospective Studies
Smoking / epidemiology*
United States
Grant Support
R01 CA094020-01/CA/NCI NIH HHS

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