Journal article

The Impact of Measurement Error on Wage Decompositions: Evidence From the British Household Panel Survey and the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey

SC Noah Uhrig, N Watson

Sociological Methods & Research | SAGE Publications | Published : 2020


Test–retest reliability assessments rarely investigate whether reliability itself is stable or change in reliability affects findings from substantive models. Research across the social sciences often recognizes that measurement error could influence results, yet it rarely applies established error correction methods. Focusing on gender wage inequality, we address two questions. First, to what extent does reliability vary over time, across genders and across measurement protocols? Second, does correcting for measurement error influence substantive conclusions about gender wage inequality? Comparing British and Australian panel data, we find little temporal variability in reliability; however..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Awarded by UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant (Grant Number DP1095497) and UK Economic and Social Research Council supported UK Longitudinal Studies CentreT (ESRC reference number ES/H029745/1).