Dear Support Team,
I am going to write a bachelor thesis using Understanding society and I would like to know how I can obtain the values for ‘proxy’ variables. I cannot really understand if it is possible because cells with a ‘proxy’ label only contain -7 in Stata.
It would be very kind of you if you could clarify this and explain how these responses could be obtained.
#1 Updated by Gundi Knies about 3 years ago
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not all questions are addressed to all people during the interview, and in the data we use negative values to describe why information is not available. The universe information in the questionnaires provide information on who the question was applicable to.
-7 means that the question was not part of the set of questions addressed to proxy respondents (i.e. where somebody else provides basic information about a person who is not able to give a personal interview at this time); there is no way to recover the information.
Hope this helps,
#6 Updated by Julia Borodina about 3 years ago
Yes, I think you have clarified this issue for me. At first I thought that those cells labeled 'proxy' could somehow be filled in by linking the answers of proxy informants to the person who was not available at the interview for some reason. But with your answers I have realized that the data in these cells are missing (the question wasn't a part of a proxy questionnaire) and all what had been obtained from proxy informants had already been filled in for corresponding individuals.
I hope that I've made the right conclusions.
#7 Updated by Gundi Knies about 3 years ago
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Yes, you arrived at the correct conclusion! Information from the proxy informant about the proxy respondent is already included in the indresp record of the proxy respondent.