Journal Article

Employment Stability and the Role of Sectoral Dominance in Rural Economies

Christopher Fawson, Dawn Thilmany and John E. Keith

in American Journal of Agricultural Economics

Published on behalf of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Volume 80, issue 3, pages 521-533
Published in print August 1998 | ISSN: 0002-9092
Published online August 1998 | e-ISSN: 1467-8276 | DOI:
Employment Stability and the Role of Sectoral Dominance in Rural Economies

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Rural development has received renewed attention, particularly in the West, where there are opportunities for enhancing tourism in communities once reliant on extractive resources. The historical focus of rural development has been on economic growth, with little concern about the sustainability or socioeconomic impacts of such growth. This study analyzes and discusses the employment dynamics of rural economies with varying employment bases to illustrate some possible impacts of targeting specific employment sectors as part of a rural economic development strategy. The empirical research focuses on the rural counties of Utah, where the trade and service sectors associated with increased tourism and retirement communities have been rapidly expanding throughout the past two decades.

Keywords: labor market dynamics; rural development; R230

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Subjects: Household Analysis

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