Priming and the reliability of subjective well-being measures
Sgroi, Daniel, Proto, Eugenio, Oswald, Andrew J. and Dobson, Alexander (2010) Priming and the reliability of subjective well-being measures. Working Paper. Coventry: University of Warwick. Dept. of Economics. Warwick economics research paper series (TWERPS), Vol.2010 (No.935).
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Economists and behavioural scientists are beginning to make extensive use of measures of subjective well-being, and such data are potentially of value to policy-makers. A particularly famous difficulty is that of “priming”: if the order or nature of survey questions changes people’s likely replies then we have grounds to be concerned about the reliability of well- being data and inferences from them. This study tests for priming effects from important life events. It presents evidence from a laboratory experiment which indicates that subjective well-being measures are in general robust to such concerns.
|Item Type:||Working or Discussion Paper (Working Paper)|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Well-being -- Testing, Priming (Psychology), Surveys -- Methodology|
|Series Name:||Warwick economics research paper series (TWERPS)|
|Publisher:||University of Warwick. Dept. of Economics|
|Place of Publication:||Coventry|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
|Funder:||Economic and Social Research Council (Great Britain) (ESRC), Leverhulme Trust (LT)|
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