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:

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.

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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