Journal Article

A Century of Research on Rural Development and Regional Issues

Elena G. Irwin, Andrew M. Isserman, Maureen Kilkenny and Mark D. Partridge

in American Journal of Agricultural Economics

Published on behalf of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Volume 92, issue 2, pages 522-553
Published in print April 2010 | ISSN: 0002-9092
Published online April 2010 | e-ISSN: 1467-8276 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajae/aaq008
A Century of Research on Rural Development and Regional Issues

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Rural North America has undergone a major economic transformation over the past century due to labor-saving technological progress, reductions in transport costs, and rising household incomes. The results are greater rural economic diversity, selected rural population decline, increased rural–urban interdependence, emergent exurban areas, and amenity-led rural growth. We summarize key research insights and provide a selected review of the economics literature over the past 100 years with a focus on this economic transformation of rural places, its implications for rural communities, and key modeling innovations and applications. The many important contributions by agricultural economists are highlighted.

Keywords: rural economies; rural–urban interdependence; amenity-led growth; rural development policy; exurban; land use modeling; input-output models; computable general equilibrium; C67; C68; O18; R14; R23; R58

Journal Article.  18020 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Regional Government Analysis ; Mathematical Methods; Programming Methods; Mathematical and Simulation Modelling ; Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics ; Household Analysis ; Economic Development

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