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Can diaries help in improving agricultural production statistics? Evidence from Uganda

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  • Deininger, Klaus
  • Carletto, Calogero
  • Savastano, Sara
  • Muwonge, James

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Although good and timely information on agricultural production is critical for policy-decisions, the quality of underlying data is often low and improving data quality could have high payoff. We use data from a production diary, administered concurrently with a standard household survey in Uganda to analyze the nature and incidence of responses, the magnitude of differences in reported outcomes, and factors that systematically affect these. Despite limited central supervision, diaries elicited a strong response, complemented standard surveys in a number of respects and were less affected by problems of respondent fatigue than expected. The diary-based estimates of output value consistently exceed that from the recall-based production survey, in line with reported disposition. Implications for policy and practical administration of surveys are drawn out.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Development Economics.

Volume (Year): 98 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 42-50

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Handle: RePEc:eee:deveco:v:98:y:2012:i:1:p:42-50

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Keywords: Survey design; Agriculture; Africa;

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  1. Naeem Ahmed & Matthew Brzozowski & Thomas Crossley, 2006. "Measurement errors in recall food consumption data," IFS Working Papers W06/21, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
  2. John Gibson, 2002. "Why Does the Engel Method Work? Food Demand, Economies of Size and Household Survey Methods," Working Papers in Economics 02/02, University of Waikato, Department of Economics.
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  1. Presumed poorer until proven net-seller: measuring who wins and who loses from high food prices
    by Gero Carletto in Development Impact on 2012-09-19 10:09:20

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