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Semiparametric Methods for the Measurement of Latent Attitudes and the Estimation of Their Behavioural Consequences

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  • Richard H. Spady
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    We model attitudes as latent variables that induce stochastic dominance relations in (item) responses. Observable characteristics that affect attitudes can be incorporated into the analysis to improve the measurement of the attitudes; the measurements are posterior distributions that condition on the responses and characteristics of each respondent. Methods to use these measurements to characterize the relation between attitudes and behaviour are developed and implemented.

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    Paper provided by European University Institute in its series Economics Working Papers with number ECO2007/29.

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    Date of creation: 2007
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    Handle: RePEc:eui:euiwps:eco2007/29

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    1. Carneiro, Pedro & Hansen, Karsten T. & Heckman, James J., 2003. "Estimating Distributions of Treatment Effects with an Application to the Returns to Schooling and Measurement of the Effects of Uncertainty on College Choice," IZA Discussion Papers 767, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    1. Thiel, Hendrik & Thomsen, Stephan L., 2009. "Noncognitive skills in economics: Models, measurement, and empirical evidence," ZEW Discussion Papers 09-076, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.

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