Quantifying the Effects of Sow‐Herd Management Information Systems on Farmers' Decision Making Using Experimental Economics

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Jos A.A.M. Verstegen

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Ruud B.M. Huirne

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Aalt A. Dijkhuizen

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Joep Sonnemans

University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam School of Economics (ASE)

James C. Cox

Georgia State University

Date Written: November 1998

Abstract

A pilot experiment was conducted to yield insight into whether laboratory experiments can be used as an alternative to surveys for determining the profitability of management information systems (MIS) in sow farming. In total, eighty‐six sow farmers, including fifty‐one farmers from an earlier survey study, participated in an individual decision‐making experiment, which was executed in a quasi‐experimental, nonequivalent control, pretest/posttest design. In an MIS group, MIS estimates were derived by within‐subjects comparisons of decision quality with and without MIS features. A baseline group was included to control for leaning or exhaustion effects during an experimental session. Subjects receiving MIS features significantly improved their decision making whereas subjects without MIS features did not. Correlation between MIS estimates of the survey study and MIS estimates of the experiment was not significant.

Keywords: individual decision‐making experiment, Markov decision programming, pig farming, value of management information systems, Q120

Suggested Citation

Verstegen, Jos A.A.M. and Huirne, Ruud B.M. and Dijkhuizen, Aalt A. and Sonnemans, Joep and Cox, James C., Quantifying the Effects of Sow‐Herd Management Information Systems on Farmers' Decision Making Using Experimental Economics (November 1998). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 80, Issue 4, pp. 821-829, 1998, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3561803 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/1244066

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Ruud B.M. Huirne

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Joep Sonnemans

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James C. Cox

Georgia State University

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