Your Obligations to Survey Participants
The success of any customer survey you may conduct depends on cooperative respondents. Just like Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, you must rely on the kindness of strangers. If you abuse respondents, then you
'poison the respondent well' because abusive treatment will discourage its victims from participating in future studies. We review respondent-related ethical do's and don'ts for you to follow when conducting a survey. These do's and don'ts include obtaining consent, avoiding deception, ensuring privacy, representing the research sponsor truthfully, and presenting the survey process overtly.
Inferring Geographic Interdependencies for Retailing
Understanding the dynamics of regional trade is important for designing development programs. Identifying
"export" industries that sell to other regions can help to determine where to target dollars. Understanding trade patterns, for example, can help in predicting sales tax revenues. Retail trade industries are viewed generally as producing for local consumption. In rural areas, however, retail industries may serve as sources of exports for the rural region in that people from many miles around travel to the place to purchase from those industries.
For the second month running, Las Cruces saw employment growth in June when compared to twelve months ago. Although good news locally, a closer look at the data indicates that Las Cruces stands out starkly among New Mexico communities. Both statewide and in Southern New Mexico, leaving Las Cruces aside, employment continues to be lower today than a year ago.