Correcting for bias using multidimensional measures of Socially Desirable Response

Stefan Meyer, Paulo Santos

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We use multidimensional measures of socially desirable response (SDR) to reduce the bias introduced by respondents’ need for approval from interviewer (Impression Management — IM) or to perceive oneself favorably (Self-Deceptive Enhancement — SDE). Using data from a field experiment, we show that (1) SDE explains misreporting of compliance status, (2) controlling for SDE effectively eliminates the bias resulting from using wrongly reported compliance and (3) controlling for IM does not correct for the bias introduced by SDR.

Original languageEnglish
Article number109574
Number of pages3
JournalEconomics Letters
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020


  • Compliance
  • Field experiment
  • Impression management
  • Self-deceptive enhancement
  • Socially Desirable Response

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