Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 13, Issue 10, pp 795–802 | Cite as

Ethics perceptions of American Farmers: An empirical analysis

  • Allen Rappaport
  • Robert A. Himschoot


A 123 item survey of ethics perceptions of Farmers had 796 respondents. Of these, 517 (64.9%) felt that farm ethics had gotten worse. A discriminant analysis employed to offer insight into the extent and nature of group differences produced 22 independent variables along with an adequate increase in classification results above expectations due to chance. These variables reflect a division between the outside business and political world and the concerns of farmers. The responses suggest an appreciation by the respondents of the interdependence of their business actions with their neighbors. The results are also suggestive of both an absolute and a relative ethics component. Further research on the relevance of communitarian ethics is suggested.


Economic Growth Discriminant Analysis Empirical Analysis Classification Result Item Survey 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Allen Rappaport
    • 1
  • Robert A. Himschoot
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of FinanceUniversity of Northern IowaCedar FallsUSA

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