Collecting data is an important part of my research. I have designed my own survey and been involved in others:
® Survey about contraception in Chicago
I personally conducted face-to-face interviews with 100 young sexually active women about their beliefs concerning birth control methods at 3 locations:
∑ The Rogers Park branch of the Chicago Public Library (recruitment on the street)
You can find 2 research papers using these data in my research page.
® Pilot in Accra, Ghana
In August 2004, I went to Ghana to pretest a questionnaire using a new visual scale to elicit subjective expectations for a set of outcomes associated with the use of contraception method, with a particular emphasis on HIV/AIDS. I interviewed women and men at three locations in Accra:
∑ Respondentís home
∑ Legon hospital
∑ Clinic of the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana
I also tested different types of questions in order to asses how people form and revise their subjective expectations. Here are some pictures!
® Probabilistic expectations in Malawi
I participated in the design of a module on expectations about HIV, condom use, survival, and other important outcomes as part of the Malawi Diffusion and Ideational Change Project (MDICP). The MIDCP is a longitudinal study focusing on the role of social interactions in the acceptance of modern contraceptive methods, the diffusion of knowledge about HIV/AIDS and in altering the consequences of the AIDS epidemic. The first round of the MDICP was carried out in the summer of 1998 in three Malawi districts: Balaka in South, Mchinji in the Center and Rumphi in the North.
The expectations data were collected as part of the 4th wave of the MDICP, which took place in the summer 2006. The fieldwork ended in August 2006.†
I went to Malawi in the Spring 2006 to pilot the expectations module (you can see some pictures).
® Expectations about Social Security
I participated in the design of a module eliciting expectations about future Social Security benefits, claiming age and reform, to be administered in 2 Internet surveys (the RAND American Life Panel and the HRS Internet Panel). In the HRS Internet Panel, a new interactive and visual format was used to elicit the subjective distributions about future Social Security benefits.
The data are currently being collected.