Retrospective economic perception items dominate economic voting research. Though they are well-used, their measurement properties are not well-known In this short note, I assess the items’ test-retest reliability for the first time. I make three contributions. First, I show that the items have good test-retest reliability. Second, I show that personal items are more reliable than national ones. Third, I show that the items’ reliability likely does not affect model parameter estimates. Thus, though these items have their problems, reliability is likely not one of them.
Reduced word count and added item to appendix to account for potential memory effects