The liar paradox is the logical paradox in the statement “I am lying”. If you are telling the truth about lying, are you then indeed lying? I have been thinking about this paradox and how it might also be relevant for survey research with implications for our understanding of measurement error and the interpretation of […]
How not to measure conspiracy beliefs
A new study in Psychological Medicine concludes: “In England there is appreciable endorsement of conspiracy beliefs about coronavirus. Such ideas do not appear confined to the fringes.” The study, titled ‘Coronavirus conspiracy beliefs, mistrust, and compliance with government guidelines in England’, shows that a lot of people believe various conspiracy theories related to the coronavirus. […]
Why don’t more people cheat in online surveys?
The question is asked by John Sides here in response to this article. The article argues that the idea respondents cheats on self-completed surveys is a myth. I think there are two main reasons why people don’t cheat in online surveys, one methodological and one theoretical. First, in the study presented in the article only […]