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Comparability Effects

in The Total Survey Error Approach

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780226891279
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226891293 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226891293.003.0013
Comparability Effects

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Comparability issues arise when different surveys are compared. Surveys taken by different organizations, in different countries, and/or at different times are often compared, but the differences that are found are not necessarily meaningful. The first section of this chapter focuses on the meaning of equivalence between surveys, after which the second section briefly examines three related comparability issues: “house effects,” cross-cultural differences, and over-time differences. House effects refers to the differences that different survey organizations sometimes obtain even when they ask the same question to the same population. Cross-cultural differences are the factors that preclude total equivalence when the same question is asked in multiple countries. Over-time differences relate to changes in the meaning of survey questions over time.

Keywords: comparability effect; surveys; equivalence; cross-cultural differences

Chapter.  4884 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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