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Graded pairs comparison - does strength of preference matter? Analysis of preferences for specialised nurse home visits for pain management


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  • Mickael Bech

    (Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)

  • Dorte Gyrd-Hansen

    (Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)

  • Trine Kj�r

    (Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)

  • J�rgen Lauridsen

    (Department of Business and Economics, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)

  • Jan S�rensen

    (Centre for Applied Health Services Research and Technology Assessment, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)


In the stated preference method called graded pairs comparisons respondents are asked to rate the intensity of their preference for their preferred alternative in a pairwise comparison of alternatives. Econometricians anticipate that the additional information will improve statistical efficiency compared to the standard DCE format. However, this paper reveals that added information inherent in graded pairs scale does not provide smaller standard deviations for the WTP estimated. Secondly, the ordered-response regression models employing the full range of the graded pairs data tend to overestimate WTP, which presumably is caused by the inherent tendency of the ordered-response models to 'predict to the extremes'. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Health Economics.

Volume (Year): 16 (2007)
Issue (Month): 5 ()
Pages: 513-529

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Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:16:y:2007:i:5:p:513-529

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  1. Alessandro Mengoni & Chiara Seghieri & Sabina Nuti, 2013. "The application of discrete choice experiments in health economics: a systematic review of the literature," Working Papers 201301, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Pisa, Istituto di Management.
  2. Alain De Beuckelaer & Jarl Kampen & J. Van Trijp, 2013. "An empirical assessment of the cross-national measurement validity of graded paired comparisons," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 47(2), pages 1063-1076, February.
  3. Alain De Beuckelaer & Stef Toonen & Eldad Davidov, 2013. "On the optimal number of scale points in graded paired comparisons," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 47(5), pages 2869-2882, August.


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