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Overstating value change: question ordering in the postmaterial values index


Tranter, BK and Western, M, Overstating value change: question ordering in the postmaterial values index, European Sociological Review, 26, (5) pp. 571-583. ISSN 0266-7215 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/esr/jcp040


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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:intergenerational value change, World Values Surveys, materialist, postmaterialist
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Tranter, BK (Professor Bruce Tranter)
ID Code:57228
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2009-06-29
Last Modified:2012-11-29

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