The Empirical Study of Ethical Issues in Survey Participation

  • Eleanor Singer

Abstract

I first met Peter Schmidt in the late eighties or early nineties, probably in connection with a research project he was engaged in with a mutual friend, Gerda Lede- rer. Later, while on the Advisory Board of what was then called ZUMA (Zent- rum fuer Umfragen, Methoden und Analysen) at the University of Mannheim, I visited Peter in the castle in which he then lived, and still later he and some colleagues and my husband and I visited a jazz club in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Even though we have seen each other rarely, if at all, since then, we have kept in touch with each other’s work. I admire Peter not only for the elegance of his research, which applies sophisticated methodology to a wide variety of sociological problems, but also for his personal and professional integrity and his warmth as a human being.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eleanor Singer
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  1. 1.University of MichiganMichigan

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