A Factorial Survey on the Justice of Earnings within the Soep-Pretest 2008

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Carsten Sauer

Bielefeld University

Stefan Liebig

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Katrin Auspurg

University of Konstanz

Thomas Hinz

University of Konstanz

Andy Donaubauer

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jürgen Schupp

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin); Institute for Sociology, Freie Universität; The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

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Abstract

In the 2008 Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) Pretest, the factorial survey method was tested for the first time for use in the SOEP longitudinal study. In this paper, we describe the construction and application of the vignette module, which has its origins in the field of justice research and is used in particular in the measurement of income justice. We show that the factorial survey method is applicable in large-scale survey research when taking certain constraints into account, and that respondents of varying ages and educational groups are able to deal sufficiently well with answering the questions. The results obtained suggest that older respondents tend to take fewer dimensions into consideration in forming their opinions. Further studies will be needed to determine whether this is evidence that the evaluation tasks were too complex for these respondents and should thus be interpreted as a method effect, or whether it represents a valid substantive result. The results of the study demonstrate convincingly that alongside occupation, education, and performance – factors relating directly to employment – familial aspects such as civil status, the partner's employment status, and number of children constitute important criteria for determining what constitutes a "fair" income. The factor survey in the 2008 SOEP Pretest offers diverse analytical potential, both from a methodological point of view and in terms of the empirical results obtained. The positive experience with the 2008 SOEP Pretest suggests that the SOEP vignette module can be used effectively in a future wave of the main SOEP survey.

Keywords: income, justice theory, fairness, factorial survey method, SOEP

JEL Classification: C81, D63, J31

Suggested Citation

Sauer, Carsten and Liebig, Stefan and Auspurg, Katrin and Hinz, Thomas and Donaubauer, Andy and Schupp, Juergen, A Factorial Survey on the Justice of Earnings within the Soep-Pretest 2008. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4663. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1530667

Carsten Sauer (Contact Author)

Bielefeld University ( email )

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Bielefeld, 33615
Germany

Stefan Liebig

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Katrin Auspurg

University of Konstanz ( email )

Fach D-144
Universitätsstraße 10
Konstanz, D-78457
Germany

Thomas Hinz

University of Konstanz ( email )

Fach D-144
Universitätsstraße 10
Konstanz, D-78457
Germany

Andy Donaubauer

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Juergen Schupp

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )

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