Title: Can comparability of self-assessed health be improved? Testing a popular approach using objective data

Supervisor: Teresa Bago d’Uva

Project Description

Anchoring vignettes are increasingly used to identify and correct heterogeneity in the reporting of health with the aim of improving interpersonal comparability of subjective self-reported health. The validity of the method has however not been sufficiently tested. The aim of this project is to evaluate the validity of the vignettes approach for correcting self-reported health. We will make use of survey data to test whether vignette adjusted self-reports of health are indeed closer to objective health measures.


Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE);

Health and Retirement Survey (HRS);

English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA)

Skills required

Application of econometric methods using Stata;

Willingness to learn different methods than those already learned in courses