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Recruiting Agricultural Economics Graduate Students: Student Demand for Program Attributes


  • Darrell R. Mark
  • Jayson L. Lusk
  • M. Scott Daniel


We use data from an Internet and traditional print mail survey to determine student demand for graduate program attributes. Results reveal that students value graduate program ranking more than stipend level, geographic location, or office/computer facilities. Higher ranked programs, as a whole, may be able to offer substantially lower stipends to students and remain competitive with lower ranked programs. Results also suggest that students might be willing to accept higher stipends or office space to attend lower ranked schools. The results may provide graduate program leaders with information to improve their recruitment efforts and/or potentially reduce graduate program expenditures. Copyright 2004, Oxford University Press.

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  • Darrell R. Mark & Jayson L. Lusk & M. Scott Daniel, 2004. "Recruiting Agricultural Economics Graduate Students: Student Demand for Program Attributes," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 86(1), pages 175-184.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:86:y:2004:i:1:p:175-184

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    3. Barkley, Andrew P. & Parrish, Dena, 2005. "The Selection of a Major Field of Study in the College of Agriculture at Kansas State University," 2005 Annual meeting, July 24-27, Providence, RI 19275, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    4. Banerjee, Swagata (Ban) & Martin, Steven W. & Hudson, Darren, 2006. "A Choice-Based Conjoint Experiment with Genetically Engineered Cotton in the Mississippi Delta," 2006 Annual Meeting, February 5-8, 2006, Orlando, Florida 35389, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.

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