Overstating value change: Question ordering in the postmaterial values index

Tranter, Bruce and Western, Mark (2010) Overstating value change: Question ordering in the postmaterial values index. European Sociological Review, 26 5: 571-583. doi:10.1093/esr/jcp040

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Author Tranter, Bruce
Western, Mark
Title Overstating value change: Question ordering in the postmaterial values index
Journal name European Sociological Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0266-7215
ISBN 1468-2672; 0266-7215
Publication date 2010-10
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/esr/jcp040
Volume 26
Issue 5
Start page 571
End page 583
Total pages 13
Editor Hans-Peter Blossfeld
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject 160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Abstract In much of his research on intergenerational value change, Inglehart uses a four-item index to calculate levels of postmaterial and material value orientations. Latter waves of the World Values Surveys administer a 12-item values index in which the original four-item index is embedded. In some of his research, Inglehart compares values estimated from stand-alone and embedded indices. Using a split sample design, we administered two versions of the longer values index to national probability samples of Australian adults and detected question-ordering effects. Proportions of postmaterialists relative to materialists were inflated when the four-item index was embedded in the longer values index. Comparing estimates of postmaterial values from stand-alone indices with indices embedded in the longer values measure is an unreliable method of assessing change in value orientations, as it overestimates the magnitude of value change over time. © The Author 2009.
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Additional Notes Available online August 6, 2009

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