Using externally collected vignettes to account for reporting heterogeneity in survey self-assessment

Mark N. Harris, Rachel J. Knott, Paula K. Lorgelly, Nigel Rice

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The anchoring vignette approach has grown in popularity as a method to adjust for reporting heterogeneity in self-reported survey questions, removing bias due to systematic variation in reporting styles across study respondents. The use of anchoring vignettes, however, has been limited to surveys where both self-reports and vignette questions have been included. This diminishes their wider application. We illustrate, using an application to self-reported health in a large household survey, how externally collected vignettes can be used to adjust for reporting heterogeneity in datasets that have not included anchoring vignettes. Given that self-reported measures are an important facet of social, health and economic research, we anticipate the approach described will lead to new applications of the anchoring vignette methodology.

Original languageEnglish
Article number109325
Number of pages4
JournalEconomics Letters
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2020


  • Anchoring vignettes
  • Differential item functioning
  • Reporting heterogeneity
  • Self-reported measures
  • Survey measures

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