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dc.contributor.authorKing, Gary
dc.contributor.authorMurray, Christopher
dc.contributor.authorSalomon, Joshua A.
dc.contributor.authorAjay, Tandon
dc.date.accessioned2010-04-15T14:13:17Z
dc.date.issued2004
dc.identifier.citationKing, 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.issn0003-0554en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3965182
dc.description.abstractWe 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.sponsorshipGovernmenten_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherCambridge University Pressen_US
dc.relation.isversionofdoi:10.1017/S000305540400108Xen_US
dash.licenseLAA
dc.titleEnhancing the Validity and Cross-cultural Comparability of Measurement in Survey Researchen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.description.versionVersion of Recorden_US
dc.relation.journalAmerican Political Science Reviewen_US
dash.depositing.authorKing, Gary
dc.date.available2010-04-15T14:13:17Z
dc.identifier.doi10.1017/S000305540400108X*
dash.identifier.orcid0000-0002-5327-7631*
dash.contributor.affiliatedMurray, Christopher
dash.contributor.affiliatedSalomon, Joshua
dash.contributor.affiliatedKing, Gary
dc.identifier.orcid0000-0003-3929-5515
dc.identifier.orcid0000-0002-5327-7631


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