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Sample Representativeness: Implications for Administering and Testing Stated Preference Surveys

October 2, 2006
An RFF Workshop

On October 2, 2006, Resources for the Future brought together experts in survey methodology and experienced stated preference surveys practitioners to share their knowledge, insights and experiences regarding concerns about sample representativeness in stated preference surveys. Particular attention was paid to the implications of guidelines and standards recently adopted by the Office of Management and Budget on surveys conducted by government agencies.

A proceedings document summarizing the discussions, along with concluding thoughts from the organizers, has been completed and is available below.

Workshop Proceedings

Link to Workshop Proceedings

Sample Representativeness:
Implications for Administering and Testing Stated Preference Surveys

Proceedings of a Workshop held at Resources for the Future on October 2, 2006

Alan Krupnick and David A. Evans
Resources For the Future
January 11, 2008

Agenda and Presentations


All Audio files can be accessed with Real Player. You may download this program at



Phil Sharp, President, Resources for the Future audio

Alan Krupnick, Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
audio | slides2

Session I: Agency Perspectives

Brian Harris-Kojetin
Office of Management and Budget
OMB Guidance and Standards for Statistical Surveys
icon_audio_list | slides


Nathalie Simon
Associate Director, National Center of Environmental Economics, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency icon_audio_list 

Bob Leeworthy
Leader, Coastal and Ocean Resource Economics Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration icon_audio_list

Linda Langner
Economics Program Leader, Resource Valuation & Use Research, U.S. Forest Service icon_audio_list

Session II: Evidence on the Relation of Response Rates to Sample Representativeness

Robert Groves
University of Michigan
Response Rates and Nonresponse Bias-What We Know and What We Don't Know.icon_audio_list | slides2

Jon Krosnick
Stanford University
The Causes and Consequences of Survey Response Rates

Session III: Meta-Analysis of Response Rates to Contingent-Valuation Studies Conducted by Mail

Kevin Boyle
Virginia Tech icon_audio_list | slides2


Session III B: Summarizing Analyses of Sample Representativeness in Recent Stated Preference Surveys - Practitioner Perspectives

Alan Krupnick and David Evans
Resources for the Future
Practitioners' Perspectives
Practitioner Perspectives Compendium
icon_audio_list | slides2

Joel Huber
Duke University
Should We Move to Panels?
icon_audio_list | slides2


Session IV: Research Advances/Agenda

Trudy Cameron
University of Oregon
Scavenging for Covariates to Use in Selectivity Assessment and Correction Strategies icon_audio_list | slides2

Dan Hellerstein
Economics Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Correcting for Non-response bias in Discrete Choice Models: A Two-Stage Mixed Logit Model icon_audio_list | slides2


Erika Edwards
Boston University
Internet vs. Phone Survey: An Application to Alcohol Research icon_audio_list 


Session V: Implications for Agency Guidance Panel Discussion

Moderator: Alan Krupnick

Norman Meade Office of Response and Restoration, NOAA icon_audio_list

Kerry Smith Arizona State University icon_audio_list

Mike Brick University of Maryland and Westat icon_audio_list

Participant Discussion icon_audio_list

Brian Harris-Kojetin Office of Management and Budget icon_audio_list

Practitioner Perspectives Compendium

Link to Compendium



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