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Specification and Estimation of Rating Scale Models: With an Application to the Determinants of Life Satisfaction

  • Raphael Studer
  • Rainer Winkelmann

Rating variables indicate the extent to which a quality is present, or absent, in a unit of observation. In this paper, we discuss a class of non-linear regression models for rating dependent variables and their estimation by parametric and semiparametric methods. An application to life satisfaction illustrates the main differences between the Rating Scale Model and ordinary least squares.

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Paper provided by DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) in its series SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research with number 372.

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Length: 18 , Anh. p.
Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:diw:diwsop:diw_sp372
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