Enhancing the Validity and Cross-cultural Comparability of Measurement in Survey Research

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Enhancing the Validity and Cross-cultural Comparability of Measurement in Survey Research

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dc.contributor.author King, Gary
dc.contributor.author Murray, Christopher
dc.contributor.author Salomon, Joshua A.
dc.contributor.author Ajay, Tandon
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-15T14:13:17Z
dc.date.issued 2004
dc.identifier.citation King, Gary, Christopher J. L. Murray, Joshua A. Salomon, and Ajay Tandon. 2004. Enhancing the validity and cross-cultural comparability of measurement in survey research. American Political Science Review 98(1):191-207. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0003-0554 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3965182
dc.description.abstract We address two long-standing survey research problems: measuring complicated concepts, such as political freedom and efficacy, that researchers define best with reference to examples; and what to do when respondents interpret identical questions in different ways. Scholars have long addressed these problems with approaches to reduce incomparability, such as writing more concrete questions—with uneven success. Our alternative is to measure directly response category incomparability and to correct for it. We measure incomparability via respondents’ assessments, on the same scale as the self-assessments to be corrected, of hypothetical individuals described in short vignettes. Because the actual (but not necessarily reported) levels of the vignettes are invariant over respondents, variability in vignette answers reveals incomparability. Our corrections require either simple recodes or a statistical model designed to save survey administration costs. With analysis, simulations, and cross-national surveys, we show how response incomparability can drastically mislead survey researchers and how our approach can alleviate this problem. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Government en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Cambridge University Press en_US
dc.relation.isversionof doi:10.1017/S000305540400108X en_US
dash.license LAA
dc.title Enhancing the Validity and Cross-cultural Comparability of Measurement in Survey Research en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.description.version Version of Record en_US
dc.relation.journal American Political Science Review en_US
dash.depositing.author King, Gary
dc.date.available 2010-04-15T14:13:17Z
dc.identifier.orcid ORCID  0000-0002-5327-7631 *

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