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Iannario, Maria; Manisera, Marica; Piccolo, Domenico; Zuccolotto, Paola – Sociological Methods & Research, 2020
In analyzing data from attitude surveys, it is common to consider the "don't know" responses as missing values. In this article, we present a statistical model commonly used for the analysis of responses/evaluations expressed on Likert scales and extended to take into account the presence of don't know responses. The main objective is to…
Descriptors: Response Style (Tests), Likert Scales, Statistical Analysis, Models
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Davydov, Youri; Greselin, Francesca – Sociological Methods & Research, 2020
The observed increase in economic inequality, where the major concern is relative to the huge growth of the highest incomes, motivates to revisit classical measures of inequality and to offer new ways to synthesize the variability of the entire income distribution. The idea is to provide policy makers a way to contrast the economic position of the…
Descriptors: Social Differences, Poverty, Advantaged, Measurement Techniques
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Muñoz, J. F.; Álvarez-Verdejo, E.; García-Fernández, R. M. – Sociological Methods & Research, 2018
Many poverty measures are estimated by using sample data collected from social surveys. Two examples are the poverty gap and the poverty severity indices. A novel method for the estimation of these poverty indicators is described. Social surveys usually contain different variables, some of which can be used to improve the estimation of poverty…
Descriptors: Poverty, Simulation, Income, Socioeconomic Status
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Contini, Dalit; Grand, Elisa – Sociological Methods & Research, 2017
Despite the increasing spread of standardized assessments of student learning, longitudinal data on achievement data are still lacking in many countries. This article raises the following question: Can we exploit cross-sectional assessments held at different schooling stages to evaluate how achievement inequalities related to individual-ascribed…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Case Studies, Longitudinal Studies, Achievement Gap
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Møller, Jørgen; Skaaning, Svend-Erik – Sociological Methods & Research, 2017
Explanatory typologies have recently experienced a renaissance as a research strategy for constructing and assessing causal explanations. However, both the new methodological works on explanatory typologies and the way such typologies have been used in practice have been affected by two shortcomings. First, no elaborate procedures for assessing…
Descriptors: Classification, Case Studies, Evaluation Methods, Comparative Analysis