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Multilevel Modelling of Country Effects: A Cautionary Tale

Bryan, Mark L and Jenkins, Stephen P (2016) 'Multilevel Modelling of Country Effects: A Cautionary Tale.' European Sociological Review, 32 (1). 3 - 22. ISSN 0266-7215

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Country effects on outcomes for individuals are often analysed using multilevel (hierarchical) models applied to harmonized multi-country data sets such as ESS, EU-SILC, EVS, ISSP, and SHARE. We point out problems with the assessment of country effects that appear not to be widely appreciated, and develop our arguments using Monte Carlo simulation analysis of multilevel linear and logit models. With large sample sizes of individuals within each country but only a small number of countries, analysts can reliably estimate individual-level effects but estimates of parameters summarizing country effects are likely to be unreliable. Multilevel modelling methods are no panacea.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2015 16:47
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2021 15:15

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