Vignette Equivalence and Response Consistency: The Case of Job Satisfaction

Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. 2011-167/3

33 Pages Posted: 25 Nov 2011

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Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell

Institut d'Anàlisi Econòmica (IAE-CSIC), Barcelona

B.M.S. van Praag

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Tinbergen Institute in Amsterdam; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Ioannis Theodossiou

University of Aberdeen - Business School

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Date Written: November 24, 2011

Abstract

We compare reported job satisfaction with vignette evaluations of hypothetical jobs by using a British, Greek and Dutch data set, containing 95 randomly assigned vignettes. In order to test comparability of international data sets recently the method of anchoring vignettes has been introduced by King et al. (2004). This intuitively and attractive idea requires the properties of vignette equivalence and response consistency. In our data set both job satisfaction and vignettes are numerically evaluated on a 0-10-scale. This fact allows us to interpret the evaluations as cardinal satisfaction values and to estimate satisfaction functions for vignettes and for the own job situation. We find that both functions differ significantly: vignette evaluations appear to depend on the own job situation and other individual characteristics. Hence, without correction for those differences in background characteristics, vignette evaluations are not comparable between individuals. Similar conclusions are reached for response consistency.

Keywords: vignettes, vignette equivalence, response consistency, job satisfaction, subjective well-being

JEL Classification: J28, D6, J24, C25

Suggested Citation

Ferrer-i-Carbonell, Ada and van Praag, Bernard and Theodossiou, Ioannis, Vignette Equivalence and Response Consistency: The Case of Job Satisfaction (November 24, 2011). Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. 2011-167/3, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1964512 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1964512

Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell (Contact Author)

Institut d'Anàlisi Econòmica (IAE-CSIC), Barcelona ( email )

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Bernard Van Praag

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