Selected Publications

Using social exchange theory, the concept of social inequality is theoretically linked to the effect of incentives and is empirically tested using data from a recruitment experiment for an online survey in Austria. Since the participants of the Austrian micro-census were used as the selection framework, a detailed analysis of nonresponse is possible. Based on the four different incentives (a brochure, a €2 commemorative coin, a €5 commemorative coin and a €10 voucher), conclusions can be drawn about the different forms incentives take and the values they hold.
Seymer, A., & Weichbold, M. (2018). Social Inequalities and the Effects of Incentives on Survey Participation: A Recruitment Experiment. Austrian Journal of Political Science, 47(2), 5–20, 2018

In this study, we investigate time trends in the relationship between deeper value orientations and political attitudes in the context of the economic crisis in Europe. Based on the literature, we make a series of hypotheses concerning shifts in the values-attitudes link in response to the crisis. We estimate a multi-group structural equation model (MGSEM) using the first five rounds of the European Social Survey (ESS), estimate time trends along a growth curve model (GCM) and link potential “crisis effects” to the key crisis indicators of GDP per capita and unemployment levels. The results support our expectations of a clear crisis effect and suggest two different mechanisms for redistribution and immigration attitudes.
Kulin, J., & Seymer, A. (2016). Economic crisis, human values and political attitudes. In M. Voicu, I. C. Mochmann, & H. Dülmer (Eds.), Values, Economic Crisis and Democracy (pp. 73–103). New York; Oxon: Routledge, 2016

This paper reflects upon the empirical implementations of class concepts in cross-sectional research focusing on the aspect of basic and construct equivalence. The most prominent empirical applications and a selection of newer empirical operationalization attempts are assessed with regard to functional equivalence across countries. The conclusions indicate a rather good level of equivalence, but only if implemented in the strict occupation-based fashion of class analysis. It is argued to depart from the strict implementation towards a multidimensional understanding of class.
Seymer, A. (2015). Konstruktäquivalenz von sozialen Klassen im internationalen Vergleich. Österreichische Zeitschrift Für Soziologie, 40(3), 265–280, 2015

This study addresses how political attitudes are shaped across national context by investigating the influence of nation-specific political articulation and framing on the relationship between human values and political attitudes. Individual-level data from the European Social Survey (ESS) from 2008 are analyzed using multi-group structural equation modeling (MGSEM) and the Comparative Manifesto Project data to investigate the moderating influence of political articulation. Results indicate substantial cross-national variation in the link between values and sociopolitical attitudes, and that this variation can be partly explained by the articulation of sociopolitical issues.
Kulin, J., & Seymer, A. (2014). What’s Driving the Public? A Cross-Country Analysis of Political Attitudes, Human Values and Political Articulation. Sociological Research Online, 19(1), 14, 2014

Recent Publications

More Publications

(2018). Social Inequalities and the Effects of Incentives on Survey Participation: A Recruitment Experiment. Seymer, A., & Weichbold, M. (2018). Social Inequalities and the Effects of Incentives on Survey Participation: A Recruitment Experiment. Austrian Journal of Political Science, 47(2), 5–20.

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(2017). Evaluierung und Dokumentation der Rekrutierungsexperimente bei der PUMA-Erhebung Q4/2016. Seymer, A. (2017). Evaluierung und Dokumentation der Rekrutierungsexperimente bei der PUMA-Erhebung Q4/2016. Plattform für Umfragen, Methoden und empirische Analysen (PUMA) und Statistik Austria.

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(2017). Evaluierung und Dokumentation der Rekrutierungsexperimente bei der PUMA-Erhebung Q2/2016. Seymer, A. (2017). Evaluierung und Dokumentation der Rekrutierungsexperimente bei der PUMA-Erhebung Q2/2016. Plattform für Umfragen, Methoden und empirische Analysen (PUMA) und Statistik Austria.

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Projects

Breast-specific gamma imaging

A collaboration with radiologist Thomas Meissnitzer

PAiS

Study on the living conditions of caring relatives of dementia patients

PUMA recruiting experiments

Evaluation of two recruiting experiments for online surveys

PhD Project

My PhD thesis on values and political attitudes

Teaching

Teaching at University of Salzburg:

  • Introductory seminar course in statistics I (bachelor level)
  • Introductory seminar course in statistics II (bachelor level)
  • Introductory seminar coures in quantitative research methods (bachelor level)
  • Introduction to advanced statistical procedures (bachelor and master level)
  • Introductory seminar course in statistics with R (bachelor and master level)

Teaching at the Paracelsus Medical University of Salzburg:

  • Evaluation of quantitative scientific studies (bachelor level)
  • Advanced quantitative data analysis in social and health science (PhD level)

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