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The validity of vignettes in cross country health studies


  • Gupta, Nabanita Datta

    () (Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business)

  • Kristensen, Nicolai

    () (Institute of Government Studies & Aarhus School of Business)

  • Pozzoli, Dario

    () (Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business)


Cross-country comparisons of subjective assessments may be ham- pered by sub-population speci…c 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 sub-populations critically rests on the assump- tion of "response consistency" (RC): vignettes and self-assessments are evaluated on the same scale. In this paper we seek to test this as- sumption by using objective measures of health along with subjective measures and vignettes. Our results indicate that the assumption of RC is not innocous and that our extended model improves the …t and signi…cantly changes the cross-country rankings of health vis-á-vis the standard Chopit model.

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  • Gupta, Nabanita Datta & Kristensen, Nicolai & Pozzoli, Dario, 2008. "The validity of vignettes in cross country health studies," Working Papers 08-16, University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:aareco:2008_016

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    Cross-country health comparison; Subjective measures; Vignettes;

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    • C25 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions; Probabilities
    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General

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