Global Priorities Seminar (Week 8, HT18)


How can empirical researchers elicit individuals' values or preferences over a multidimensional space of alternatives? Existing approaches are not well-suited to high-dimensional spaces or implementation in a low-literacy developing country context. I propose an innovative design for a discrete choice experiment that addresses these issues, imposing a low cognitive demand on respondents and feasible for implementation in a quantitative field survey. It was implemented to elicit perceptions of empowerment among women in Tunisia. Estimation of a parametric model generates weights for an index of Women's Empowerment that reflects the perceptions and values of the survey respondents. The conventional assumption of equal weights is decisively rejected.

Global Priorities Seminar Convenors: Prof Hilary Greaves and Dr Michelle Hutchinson | Global Priorities Institute Webpage

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