Reliability of Recall in Agricultural Data

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Kathleen Beegle

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Calogero Carletto

World Bank; World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Kristen Himelein

World Bank - Poverty Reduction and Economic Management

Kathleen Beegle

World Bank

Calogero Carletto

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Kristen Himelein Kastelic

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: June 1, 2011

Abstract

Despite the importance of agriculture to economic development, and a vast accompanying literature on the subject, little research has been done on the quality of the underlying data. Due to survey logistics, agricultural data are usually collected by asking respondents to recall the details of events occurring during past agricultural seasons that took place a number of months prior to the interview. This gap can lead to recall bias in reported data on agricultural activities. The problem is further complicated when interviews are conducted over the course of several months, thus leading to recall of variable length. To test for such recall bias, the length of time between harvest and interview is examined for three African countries with respect to several common agricultural input and harvest measures. The analysis shows little evidence of recall bias impacting data quality. There is some indication that more salient events are less subject to recall decay. Overall, the results allay some concerns about the quality of some types of agricultural data collected through recall over lengthy periods.

Keywords: Climate Change and Agriculture, Crops and Crop Management Systems, Educational Sciences, Food Security, Economics and Gender, Gender and Economic Policy, Gender and Poverty, Gender and Economics, Labor & Employment Law

Suggested Citation

Beegle, Kathleen and Carletto, Calogero and Himelein, Kristen and Beegle, Kathleen and Carletto, Calogero and Kastelic, Kristen Himelein, Reliability of Recall in Agricultural Data (June 1, 2011). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5671, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1857373

Kathleen Beegle (Contact Author)

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Calogero Carletto

World Bank ( email )

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Washington, DC 20433
United States

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

1818 H. Street, N.W.
MSN3-311
Washington, DC 20433
United States

Kristen Himelein

World Bank - Poverty Reduction and Economic Management ( email )

1818 H Street NW
MSN3-311
Washington, DC 20433
United States

Kathleen Beegle

World Bank

1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433
United States

Calogero Carletto

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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Kristen Himelein Kastelic

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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