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The person trade-off method and the transitivity principle: an example from preferences over age weighting

By Paul Dolan and Aki Tsuchiya


The person trade-off (PTO) is increasingly being used to elicit preferences in health. This paper explores the measurement properties of the PTO method in the context of a study about how members of the public prioritise between patients of different ages. In particular, it considers whether PTO responses satisfy the transitivity principle; that is, whether one PTO response can be inferred from two other PTO responses. The results suggest that very few responses to PTO questions satisfy cardinal transitivity condition. However, this study has produced results that suggest that cardinal transitivity will hold, on average, when respondents who fail to satisfy the ordinal transitivity condition have been excluded from the analysis. This suggests that future PTO studies should build in checks for ordinal transitivity

Topics: RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2003
DOI identifier: 10.1002/(ISSN)1099-1050
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Provided by: LSE Research Online
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