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Survey self-assessments, reporting behaviour and the use of externally collected vignettes

Research output: Working paper



Publication details

DatePublished - 23 Nov 2015
PublisherCurtin University
Place of PublicationCurtin
Number of pages26
Original languageEnglish

Publication series

NameBankwest Curtin Economics Centre Working Paper
PublisherUniversity of Curtin


The anchoring vignette approach has grown in popularity as a method to
adjust for reporting heterogeneity in subjective self-reports, removing bias due to
systematic variation in reporting styles across study respondents. The use of
anchoring vignettes, however, has been limited to surveys where both
self-reports and vignette questions have been included. This diminishes
their wider application. We illustrate, using an application to
self-assessed health in a large household survey, how externally
collected vignettes can be used to adjust for reporting heterogeneity
in self-reports observed in datasets where vignettes have not been included.
Given that self-reports to survey questions are an important facet of
social research to understand differences across socio-economic groups and
populations, we anticipate the approach described will lead to new
applications of the anchoring vignette methodology.

    Research areas

  • Anchoring vignettes, self-reports, reporting heterogeneity


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