How should we measure Americansâ€™ perceptions of socio-economic mobility?
Lawton K. Swanâˆ— John R. Chambersâ€ Martin Heesackerâˆ— Sondre S. Neroâ€¡
AbstractSeveral scholars have suggested that Americansâ€™ (distorted) beliefs about the rate of upward social mobility in the United States may affect political judgment and decision-making outcomes. In this article, we consider the psychometric properties of two different questionnaire items that researchers have used to measure these subjective perceptions. Namely, we report the results of a new set of experiments (N = 2,167 U.S. MTurkers) in which we compared the question wording employed by Chambers, Swan and Heesacker (2015) with the question […]