Comparability across Countries of Responses in the ESS

English title: Comparability across Countries of Responses in the ESS

Author(s): W.E. Saris -

Language: English

Type: Conference paper/poster

Year: 2005

Abstract

In cross-cultural research a problem is that the questions have to be translated in different languages. In each language each question has a specific quality expressed in a reliability and validity coefficient. It has been shown that the data quality has a very strong effect on the relationships between variables: the quality of a question can decrease relationships but can also incorrectly increase correlations. In cross-cultural research the problem is that , even if the questions have been translated perfectly, the quality can vary from country to country and this means that the relationships between the variables in the different countries are incomparable. In the paper I will present evidence of this phenomenon on the basis of data of the ESS. I will also show how one can take these differences in data quality into account so that the relationships between variables are comparable across countries.

Conference name: Sixth International Conference on Social Science Methodology

Location: Amsterdam

Start date: Aug 13, 2005

Type: Paper

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