FAQ

This page provides answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the Global Preferences Survey. We will constantly update this page to reflect user feedback.



How can I access the dataset?
The data can be accessed in the downloads section.

How do I use the questionnaire?
Please download the questionnaire of the relevant country and/or language and follow the interviewer instructions provided in the respective questionnaires. Note that the questionnaires are only available as PDF files.

How do I compute the preference measures?
If you have already collected data in an experiment or a survey using our questionnaires, you may compute economic preferences as described in the Falk et al., “Global Evidence on Economic Preferences” (details to be added shortly).

Is it legal to use the data and questionnaires for commercial purposes?
No. All materials provided may only be used for non-profit and academic purposes.

Which article do I cite when I use the dataset and/or a questionnaire?
The following two articles must be cited in all publications that make use of or refer to the data and/or documentation of the Global Preferences Survey:
• Falk, A., Becker, A., Dohmen, T., Enke, B., Huffman, D., & Sunde, U. (2018). Global evidence on economic preferences. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 133 (4), 1645–1692.
• Falk, A., Becker, A., Dohmen, T., Huffman, D., & Sunde, U. (2016). The preference survey module: A validated instrument for measuring risk, time, and social preferences. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9674. Download: http://ftp.iza.org/dp9674.pdf; Web Appendix: http://ftp.iza.org/dp9674_app.pdf

How do I interpret the scale of the rankings?
The scale shows the difference to the world mean in standard deviation of the respective preference.
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