# Table 7 Conditional response probabilities and latent class sizes for the five-class of subjective social status

Respondent type of subjective social status
Manifest variables Upper Upper middle Middle Lower middle Lower
Education
Primary school and below 0.034 0.200 0.00 0.379 0.755
Junior high school 0.024 0.439 0.411 0.510 0.230
Senior high school 0.135 0.328 0.517 0.106 0.031
Tertiary 0.806 0.033 0.072 0.005 0.001
Income
1st level 0.007 0.065 0.034 0.100 0.500
2nd level 0.018 0.054 0.067 0.235 0.222
3rd level 0.057 0.117 0.156 0.293 0.132
4th level 0.153 0.262 0.267 0.225 0.078
5th level 0.250 0.269 0.233 0.102 0.040
6th level 0.515 0.233 0.243 0.044 0.028
ISEI
1st level 0.007 0.000 0.052 0.435 0.888
2nd level 0.016 0.350 0.065 0.228 0.047
3rd level 0.083 0.309 0.241 0.171 0.027
4th level 0.266 0.307 0.328 0.116 0.017
5th level 0.628 0.035 0.313 0.050 0.021
6th level 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Class size (assigned) 12.28 % 6.08 % 21.15 % 30.59 % 29.90 %
1. The conditional probabilities indicate the probability that an individual in a certain latent class will score a particular way on a manifest variable (McCutcheon 1987, p. 33). A respondent belonging to Class 1, for instance, has a chance close to 97 % of turning to personal contact who is “very much” trusted. Then we assign the respondents to the five latent classes to create a new categorical variable representing one’s objective status. According to McCutcheon (1987, p. 36), the assignment of observations to latent classes is probabilistic and therefore involving some error. Although not reported here, in our case, the two measures to estimate the expected proportion of classification errors and the closeness of association between the latent variable and the joint variables shows that no big uncertainty would appear during the process of assignment. As can be seen from the table, C1 has the highest probabilities of reporting the highest level of education, income, and occupations, while C5 has the lowest probabilities of these. We therefore label C1 through C5 upper class (12.28 %), upper middle class (6.08 %), middle class (21.15 %), lower middle class (30.59 %), and lower class (29.90 %), respectively