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Assessment of measurement equivalence with cross-national and longitudinal surveys in political science


Ariely, Gal; Davidov, Eldad (2012). Assessment of measurement equivalence with cross-national and longitudinal surveys in political science. European Political Science, 11(3):363-377.

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This paper emphasises the importance of assessing measurement equivalence when using cross-national and longitudinal surveys. We illustrate how to test for measurement equivalence using multi-group confirmatory factor analysis (MGCFA) and clarify under what conditions both meaningful comparisons of construct means and relationships between constructs are possible. Using data from the International Social Survey Program, empirical applications dealing with attitudes towards welfare policies are provided to illustrate the procedure.

Abstract

This paper emphasises the importance of assessing measurement equivalence when using cross-national and longitudinal surveys. We illustrate how to test for measurement equivalence using multi-group confirmatory factor analysis (MGCFA) and clarify under what conditions both meaningful comparisons of construct means and relationships between constructs are possible. Using data from the International Social Survey Program, empirical applications dealing with attitudes towards welfare policies are provided to illustrate the procedure.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Sociology
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Uncontrolled Keywords:measurement equivalence; multiple group confirmatory factor analysis (MGCFA); cross-national and longitudinal surveys
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:02 May 2011 12:34
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:54
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
ISSN:1680-4333
Additional Information:This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in European Political Science. The definitive publisher-authenticated version "Ariely, G; Davidov, E (2011). Assessment of measurement equivalence with cross-national and longitudinal surveys in political science. European Political Science" is available online at www.palgrave-journals.com.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1057/eps.2011.11

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