Bracketing effects in categorized survey questions and the measurement of economic quantities


Winter, Joachim


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URL: http://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/2785
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-27857
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2002
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Law and Economics > Sonstige - Fakultät für Rechtswissenschaft und Volkswirtschaftslehre
MADOC publication series: Sonderforschungsbereich 504 > Rationalitätskonzepte, Entscheidungsverhalten und ökonomische Modellierung (Laufzeit 1997 - 2008)
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: C81 ,
Subject headings (SWD): Niederlande , Einkommensstatistik , Panel , Demoskopie , Umfrage , Statistik , Fehler
Keywords (English): survey methodology , bracketing , measurement error , interval data
Abstract: In households surveys, quantities of interest are frequently elicited using categorized (range-card) formats rather than open-ended questions. One advantage of this format is that is typically reduces item non-response. Unfortunately, results from research in social psychology suggest that the choice of bracket values in range-card questions is likely to influence responses. As yet, there is not much known about the effects of bracketing bias on the measurement of economic quantities and regression analysis. This paper reports evidence on existence and size of bracketing bias based on data from controlled survey experiments. I also discuss strategies for avoiding bracketing bias in household surveys.
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