Validating the use of vignettes for subjective threshold scales

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Title: Validating the use of vignettes for subjective threshold scales
Authors: Delaney, Liam
Harmon, Colm
Van Soest, Arthur
Kapteyn, Arie
Smith, James P.
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Date: 1-Jun-2007
Online since: 2008-10-14T14:10:23Z
Abstract: Comparing self-assessed indicators of subjective outcomes such as health, work disability, political efficacy, job satisfaction, etc. across countries or socio-economic groups is often hampered by the fact that different groups use systematically different response scales. Anchoring vignettes have been introduced as an effective tool to correct for such differences. This paper develops an integrated framework in which objective measurements are used to validate the vignette based corrections. The framework is applied to vignettes and objective and subjective self-assessments of drinking behavior by students in Ireland. Model comparisons using the Akaike information criterion favor a specification with response consistency and vignette corrected response scales. Put differently, vignette based corrections appear quite effective in bringing objective and subjective measures closer together.
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Geary Institute
Series/Report no.: UCD Geary Institute Discussion Paper Series; WP/14/2007
Copyright (published version): 2007 Geary Institute
Keywords: Anchoring vignettesReporting biasHopit model
Subject LCSH: Microeconomics--Methodology
Scaling (Social sciences)--Methodology
College students--Alcohol use
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Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Geary Institute Working Papers
Economics Research Collection

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