Study Jacob & Brinkerhoff (1997): study US 1989
- 'Back to the land' mini farmers, USA,1989
- N = 565
- Non Response
Questionnaire: Paper & Pencil Interview (PAPI)
- Authors's Label
- TSR -country asceticism gap
- Our Classification
- Discrepancy between Technical Self Reliance(TSR) and Country Asceticism(CA)
TECHNOLOGICAL SELF RELIANCE (TSR) Calculated by multiplying tools or technology, possessed by a
respondent by the efficiency rating claimed for the particular technology, resulting in the sum of the efficiency rating for each of the 25 tools.
The tools are: 1.garden, 2. greenhouse, 3.root cellar, 4.fish pond, 5. solar heat, 6.pigs, 7.wood lot, 8.wood stove heat, 9.wood stove cooking, 10.composting privy, 11.hydro-electric system, 12.graywater(waste water) 13.solar water heater, 14.chickens, 15.goats, 16.beef cattle, 17.milk cow(s) 18.sheep, 19.wind power, 20.weeder geese, 21.bees, 22.fruit trees, 23.butcher larger anaimals, 24.photo voltaic power, 45.work horses.
Efficiency is evaluated by asking the respondents about the effectiveness of the tool items of 'providing your family with independence or self-reliance from a one (not at all effective) to four(very effective point sequence. The TSR index-scores have a theoretical range betwee 0-100
Reported importance of not having: 1.a gas or electric clothes dryer; 2.an indoor toilet or bathroom; 3 not living in a modern house; 4. electricity in your home; a microwave oven.
GAP between value and performance is constructed by dichotomizing the value scale and performance indexes at their respective medians and to cross these indicators with each other. The respondents will fall in one of the four categories:
a. No gap, low CA-low TSR
b. gap, high CA-low TSR
c. gap, low CA-high TSR
d. no gap, high CA-high TSR.
Observed Relation with Happiness
-high Country Asceticism r=-.22 p<.005
-high Homestead Production r=-.18 p<.005
-high Ecological Sensitivity r=-.08 ns
Ss, who value Homestead Food Production high, irrespectable their performance, (N=±280)
-high Country Asceticism r=-.24 p<.005
-high Homestead Production r=-.20 p<.005
-high Ecological Sensitivity r=-.10 ns