This paper examines the concept of the nomological validity of second- and/or higher-order measurement models. It also proposes a new approach that consists of measuring two validity indices — predictive and mediating efficiencies — to compare the efficacies of a research model with and without a higher-order abstraction. To illustrate this concept, we test a second-order measurement model of trust and study how it behaves in a nomological network of the consumer’s prior experience as an antecedent and willingness to buy as a consequent variable.
Liu, Liping; Li, Chan; and Zhu, Dan
"A New Approach to Testing Nomological Validity and Its Application to a Second-Order Measurement Model of Trust,"
Journal of the Association for Information Systems:
12, Article 4.
Available at: http://aisel.aisnet.org/jais/vol13/iss12/4