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Introduction: Rational Data Choice
Political Research Quarterly (2010)
  • Andreas Schedler
  • Cas Mudde, DePauw University
We live in an era of unprecedented abundance of cross-national political data. Even if we still lack data for innumerable research questions, many areas of inquiry host not just one, but several competing datasets. We thus face the luxury, and necessity, of choice. Selecting data consciously, rather than faithfully, involves four seemingly simple tasks whose realization still imposes high information costs on data users in many fields of comparative research: (1) surveying the supply of relevant data, (2) assessing the quality of available data, (3) estimating the inferential implications of alternative datasets, and (4) choosing appropriate data for empirical research.
  • measurement,
  • cross-national data,
  • data selection
Publication Date
June, 2010
Citation Information
Andreas Schedler and Cas Mudde. "Introduction: Rational Data Choice" Political Research Quarterly Vol. 63 Iss. 2 (2010)
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