Assessing Contextual Measurement Strategies

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Authors Yamil Ricardo Velez, Grace Wong
Journal/Conference Name THE JOURNAL OF POLITICS
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Paper Abstract Contextual scholars have explored the impact of residing in racially and ethnically diverse environments on political attitudes and behavior. Traditionally, the literature has employed governmental administrative units such as counties as proxies for citizens’ social contexts. Recently, these measures have come under attack by scholars desiring more personalized measures. This article evaluates the performance of two personalized measures of intergroup context and finds that census-based measures are more closely aligned with subjects’ perceptions of local area demographics than measures that “bring the person back in.” The implications of these findings on the contextual literature are discussed.
Date of publication 2017
Code Programming Language R
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