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External Validation of the Use of Vignettes in Cross-Country Health Studies

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  • Datta Gupta, Nabanita

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    (Aarhus University)

  • Kristensen, Nicolai

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    (KORA - Danish Institute for Local and Regional Government Research)

  • Pozzoli, Dario

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    (Copenhagen Business School)

Abstract

Cross-country comparisons of subjective assessments are rendered difficult if not impossible because of sub-population specific response style. To correct for this, the use of vignettes has become increasingly popular, notably within cross-country health studies. However, the validity of vignettes as a means to re-scale across sample populations critically rests on the assumption of "response consistency" (RC): that vignettes and self-assessments are evaluated on the same scale. In this paper, we seek to test this assumption by applying objective measures of health along with subjective measures and vignettes. Our results indicate that the assumption of RC is not innocuous and that our extended model relaxing this assumption improves the fit and significantly changes the cross-country rankings of health vis-à-vis the standard Chopit model.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3989.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2009
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Publication status: published in: Economic Modelling, 2010, 27 (4), 854-865
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Keywords: subjective and objective measures; vignettes; cross-country health comparison;

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  1. Arie Kapteyn, 2010. "What Can We Learn from (and about) Global Aging?," Working Papers, RAND Corporation Publications Department 741, RAND Corporation Publications Department.
  2. Omar Paccagnella, 2011. "Anchoring vignettes with sample selection due to non‐response," Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A, Royal Statistical Society, Royal Statistical Society, vol. 174(3), pages 665-687, 07.
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  5. Nigel Rice & Silvana Robone & Peter Smith, 2011. "Analysis of the validity of the vignette approach to correct for heterogeneity in reporting health system responsiveness," The European Journal of Health Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 12(2), pages 141-162, April.
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  8. Viola Angelini & Danilo Cavapozzi & Omar Paccagnella, 2012. "Cross-Country Differentials in Work Disability Reporting Among Older Europeans," Social Indicators Research, Springer, Springer, vol. 105(2), pages 211-226, January.
  9. Teresa Bago d'Uva & Maarten Lindeboom & Owen O'Donnell & Eddy van Doorslaer, 2011. "Education‐related inequity in healthcare with heterogeneous reporting of health," Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A, Royal Statistical Society, Royal Statistical Society, vol. 174(3), pages 639-664, 07.
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