Eliciting the Decision Influences of Stressed Farmers

28 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2011

Date Written: January 7, 2011


This study aims to elicit the influences on farmers decision-making, especially when those decisions result in substantial change such as whether they will participate in the government’s irrigation modernisation program or selling their water outright and leaving the irrigation industry. The study group of northern Victorian irrigation farmers are experiencing profound change because their industry and their region is in decline from a prolonged drought, low commodity prices and uncertainty from far reaching government water reforms. Qualitative responses to a mail-out survey were analysed using the text analysis tool, Leximancer. The program automatically uncovered a set of influences on farmers’ decision-making that became more easily understood when examined using Leximancers’ visual conceptual map.

Keywords: Farmers, Irrigation, Leximancer, Lifestyle, Family Succession

JEL Classification: ZOO

Suggested Citation

Kuehne, Geoff, Eliciting the Decision Influences of Stressed Farmers (January 7, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1808285 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1808285

Geoff Kuehne (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne ( email )

185 Pelham Street
Carlton, Victoria 3053

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