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Reporting Response Rates For Telephone Surveys Used In Agricultural Economics Research


  • Gripp, Sharon I.
  • Luloff, A.E.
  • Yonkers, Robert D.


Response rates are one indicator of a survey's data quality, as a great deal of importance has been placed on the mail survey's response rate. However, a telephone survey's response rate usually is not reported. Even if one is reported, the numbers used in the calculation are rarely defined making the response rate interpretation unclear. Using a recent telephone survey of Pennsylvania dairy managers, this paper demonstrates how telephone survey data should be reported. Essentially, every research report should include a discussion of how the survey was conducted, a disposition table, and well-defined formulas used to calculate response rates.

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  • Gripp, Sharon I. & Luloff, A.E. & Yonkers, Robert D., 1994. "Reporting Response Rates For Telephone Surveys Used In Agricultural Economics Research," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 23(2), October.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:arerjl:31439

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    1. Makus, Larry D. & Guenthner, Joseph F. & Lin, Biing-Hwan, 1992. "Factors Influencing Producer Support For A State Mandatory Seed Law: An Empirical Analysis," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 17(02), December.
    2. Koontz, Stephen R. & Ward, Clement E., 1993. "Electronic Market Use By Oklahoma Lamb Producers," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 18(01), July.
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    1. William J. Wheeler & Jeffrey K. Lazo & Matthew T. Heberling & Ann N. Fisher & Donald J. Epp, 1997. "Monetary Incentive Response Effects in Contingent Valuation Mail Surveys," Others 9703001, EconWPA.

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