Handbooks of Research Methods and Applications series
Edited by Frederic S. Lee and Bruce Cronin
Chapter 25: A data triangulation approach to understanding the behavior of small landholders in Bulgaria
This chapter illustrates the use of data triangulation to understand how Bulgarian small landholders use their land. Previous work has not satisfactorily explained observed behavior of these smallholders. Without information on intentionality, it is not possible to distinguish among causal mechanisms that might be driving the observed outcomes. I add in-depth interviews to household survey data, in order to provide information about the intentionality of the decision-makers. I argue that interview data show that in the complex, and limited, informational context, many decision-makers satisfice, and that the initial plans which satisficers evaluate are heavily influenced by local history.
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