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Do Survey Estimates of the Public’s Compliance with COVID-19 Regulations Suffer from Social Desirability Bias?

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Do Survey Estimates of the Public’s Compliance with COVID-19 Regulations Suffer from Social Desirability Bias? / Larsen, Martin Vinæs; Nyrup, Jacob; Petersen, Michael Bang.

I: Journal of Behavioral Public Administration, Bind 3, Nr. 2, 2020.

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Larsen MV, Nyrup J, Petersen MB. Do Survey Estimates of the Public’s Compliance with COVID-19 Regulations Suffer from Social Desirability Bias? Journal of Behavioral Public Administration. 2020;3(2). doi: 10.30636/jbpa.32.164

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