Measurement Equivalence in Cross-National Research

Posted: 3 Aug 2014

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Eldad Davidov

University of Zurich

Bart Meuleman

KU Leuven

Jan Cieciuch

University of Zurich; University of Finance and Management

Peter Schmidt

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Jaak Billiet

KU Leuven

Date Written: July 2014

Abstract

Determining whether people in certain countries score differently in measurements of interest or whether concepts relate differently to each other across nations can indisputably assist in testing theories and advancing our sociological knowledge. However, meaningful comparisons of means or relationships between constructs within and across nations require equivalent measurements of these constructs. This is especially true for subjective attributes such as values, attitudes, opinions, or behavior. In this review, we first discuss the concept of cross-group measurement equivalence, look at possible sources of nonequivalence, and suggest ways to prevent it. Next, we examine the social science methodological literature for ways to empirically test for measurement equivalence. Finally, we consider what may be done when equivalence is not supported by the data and conclude with a review of recent developments that offer exciting directions and solutions for future research in cross-national measurement equivalence assessment.

Suggested Citation

Davidov, Eldad and Meuleman, Bart and Cieciuch, Jan and Schmidt, Peter and Billiet, Jaak, Measurement Equivalence in Cross-National Research (July 2014). Annual Review of Sociology, Vol. 40, pp. 55-75, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2475546 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-soc-071913-043137

Eldad Davidov (Contact Author)

University of Zurich ( email )

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Zürich, CH-8006
Switzerland

Bart Meuleman

KU Leuven ( email )

Oude Markt 13
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000
Belgium

Jan Cieciuch

University of Zurich ( email )

Rämistrasse 71
Zürich, CH-8006
Switzerland

University of Finance and Management ( email )

Pawia 55
Warsaw, 01-030
Poland

Peter Schmidt

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Jaak Billiet

KU Leuven ( email )

Oude Markt 13
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000
Belgium

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