Surveying Farmers: A Research Note

15 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2000

See all articles by Joost M. E. Pennings

Joost M. E. Pennings

Maastricht University; Wageningen UR

Scott H. Irwin

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics

Darrel L. Good

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics

Date Written: October 1999

Abstract

Mail surveys are a very popular instrument for researchers as well as government agencies and commercial firms to obtain information about farmers. A large percentage of farmers do not respond to these mail surveys. To gain insight into why farmers do not respond and their preferences regarding mail surveys, farmers who did not respond to a mail survey were interviewed. From our field study it appears that a large proportion does not even read the questionnaire. Furthermore, the period in which the survey is sent along with the form and amount of compensation, the sender of the questionnaire, and the length of the questionnaire has a crucial impact on the willingness to participate.

JEL Classification: C81, D40, D82, G14, Q11, Q12, Q13, Q14

Suggested Citation

Pennings, Joost M. E. and Irwin, Scott H. and Good, Darrel L., Surveying Farmers: A Research Note (October 1999). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=244502 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.244502

Joost M. E. Pennings (Contact Author)

Maastricht University ( email )

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Maastricht, 6200MD
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Wageningen UR ( email )

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Scott H. Irwin

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics ( email )

1301 W. Gregory Drive
326 Mumford Hall, MC-710
Urbana, IL 61801
United States

Darrel L. Good

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics ( email )

1301 W. Gregory Drive
326 Mumford Hall, MC-710
Urbana, IL 61801
United States

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