The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Survey Data, Analysis of

  • Jeff Dominitz
  • Arthur van Soest
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An important advantage of survey data over, for example, administrative data is the opportunity to directly measure subjective phenomena, such as respondents’ expectations on some future outcomes or their preferences over consumption bundles. The existing literature shows that data on expectations and preferences reported in carefully designed household surveys can greatly enhance the empirical content of models of economic decisions and choices. A particularly promising route is to combine subjective data with data on actual behaviour.


Consumer confidence Contingent valuation Expectations Expected utility Health insurance Household surveys Independence of irrelevant alternatives Intertemporal choice models Job search Katona, G. Mortality Multinomial models Precautionary savings Prediction Preferences Rational expectations Reservation wage Revealed preference theory Risk aversion Risk preference Stated preferences Subjective data Subjective probability Survey data, analysis of Symmetric loss functions Time preference Willingness to pay 

JEL Classifications

C42 C81 
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