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The dynamics of perception: modelling subjective wellbeing in a short panel

  • Stephen Pudney

We consider the issue of the dynamics of perceptions, as expressed in responses to survey questions on subjective wellbeing. We develop a simulated maximum likelihood method for estimation of dynamic linear models, where the dependent variable is partially observed through ordinal scales. This latent auto-regression model is often more appropriate than the usual state dependence model for attitudinal and interval variables. The paper contains an application to a model of households' perceptions of their financial wellbeing, demonstrating the superior fit of the latent auto-regression model to both the usual static model and the state dependence model. Copyright 2008 Royal Statistical Society.

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Volume (Year): 171 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 21-40

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Handle: RePEc:bla:jorssa:v:171:y:2008:i:1:p:21-40
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  1. Olympia Bover & Manuel Arellano, 1997. "Estimating limited dependent variable models from panel data," Investigaciones Economicas, FundaciĆ³n SEPI, vol. 21(2), pages 141-166, May.
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