Common Tragedies

Thoughts on Environmental Economics

Most. Biased. Sample. Ever.

Posted by Daniel Hall on November 27, 2007

I got a master’s degree in environmental science and policy. Some current students would like some help with a research project. From the alumni mailing list:

We hope you’ll take a few minutes to help us with our… project. The purpose of our study is to help understand consumer preferences and behaviors regarding environmentally-friendly product selection. Your input from this survey will help inform criteria to identify green businesses and services.

Did I mention this was sent out to the alumni mailing list? For an environmental science program?

I shudder to think what is going to be done with these results. I think the best case scenario is that they manage to caveat the results to irrelevance.

Still, I didn’t create their problem, so I don’t really have any qualms about reinforcing it:

Just click the following link, or copy and paste it into your browser, to get started:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=SKnl2BB8p_2fAEDP_2bqyas4CA_3d_3d

You can enter for a chance to win a free book by completing the survey. All while shredding whatever pretense of academic integrity and rigor my degree might once have had.

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One Response to “Most. Biased. Sample. Ever.”

  1. Chris said

    I’m glad I wasn’t the only person for whom that email raised a red flag.

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