RECSM frequently organizes seminars about methodological issues and substantive social science research here at University Pompeu Fabra.


Upcoming 2021 webinars 

March 16, 2021, at 13h (CET).

Affective polarization: its measurement in multi-party contexts and its relationship with ideology

Presenter: Josep Maria Comellas (RECSM - Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

Mariano Torcal (RECSM Director - Universitat Pompeu Fabra)


Affective polarization broadly refers to the extent that individuals feel sympathy towards in-groups and antagonism towards out-groups. While this topic has been extensively studied in the United States, affective polarization has increasingly received comparative attention in an attempt to study this phenomenon in multi-party settings. In the first part of the presentation, we revise some of the main indices proposed in the literature to measure affective polarization, and we explain the ones that we have implemented using different datasets (CNEP, CSES, E-DEM). Then, in the second part, we present a paper that is focused on the relationship between ideology and affective polarization. Concretely, we test the predominance of identity over issues in explaining affective polarization in a multi-party system, taking advantage of an original panel dataset (E-DEM, 2018-2019) collected in Spain. The main results show that ideological identity and affective polarization strongly reinforce each other over time, polarizing society in identity terms but no so much due to conflicts emerging for issue positioning and sorting. Issue-based ideology exerts more modest affective polarizing effects, and only among those individuals whose positions in concrete issues are quite in line with their ideological identity.

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Meeting ID: 966 7731 5524
Passcode: 822493


April 6, 2021, at 11h (CET).

[MCSQ]: The Multilingual Corpus of Survey Questionnaires.

Presenter: Danielly Sorato (RECSM-Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

The Multilingual Corpus of Survey Questionnaires (MCSQ) is the first publicly available corpus of international survey questionnaires, comprising survey items from the European Social Survey (ESS), European Values Study (EVS), and the Survey of Health Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE). The recently released Version 2.0 (entitled Mileva Marić-Einstein) is composed of questionnaires of the aforementioned studies in the (British) English source language and their translations into eight languages, namely Catalan, Czech, French, German, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian, as well as 29 language varieties (e.g. Swiss-French). The MCSQ is a relevant digital artefact, that allows researchers in the fields of social sciences and linguistics to quickly search and compare survey items in a myriad of languages. The digitalized survey items are an interesting resource for survey research, translation studies, lexicology, among others. In this seminar, we present the corpus characteristics and showcase applications of the MCSQ. 

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Meeting ID: 935 3776 1168
Passcode: 885111


Past 2021 webinars 

January 19, 2021, at 11h.
Open question formats: Comparing the suitability of requests for text and voice answers in smartphone surveys [Abstract]

Presenter: Jan Karem Höhne (University of Mannheim, RECSM-Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Annelies Blom (University of Mannheim), Konstantin Gavras (University of Mannheim), Melanie Revilla (RECSM-Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Leonie Rettig (University of Mannheim)


February 23, 2021, at 11h via Zoom.

​Are you paying for or with quality? Survey participation due to monetary incentives and measurement quality – Evidence from the GESIS Panel.

Presenter: Hannah Schwarz (RECSM-Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

In times of decreasing response rates, monetary incentives are increasingly used to motivate individuals to participate in surveys. Receiving an incentive can affect respondents’ motivation to take a survey and, consequently, their survey taking behaviour. On the one hand, the resulting extrinsic motivation might undermine intrinsic motivation thus leading respondents to invest less effort into answering a survey. On the other hand, monetary incentives could make respondents more eager to invest effort into answering a survey, as they feel they are compensated for doing so. This study aims to assess whether there are differences in measurement quality between respondents who are motivated to take surveys due to the received incentive and respondents for who this is not a reason for participation. We implemented two Multitrait-Multimethod (MTMM) experiments in the probability-based GESIS Panel in Germany (2019) to be able to estimate the measurement quality of 18 questions asked to panelists. By coding panelists’ open answers to a question about their reasons for participation, we distinguish panelists who state that they are motivated by the incentive from those who do not. We analyse the MTMM experiments for these two groups separately and compare the resulting measurement quality estimates. 

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