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Population Growth in High Amenity Nonmetropolitan Areas: What’s the Prognosis?


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  • Dan S. Rickman

    (Oklahoma State University)

  • Shane D. Rickman

    (University of Wyoming)


This paper examines the continued strong population growth in U.S. nonmetropolitan areas possessing high levels of natural amenities during the 1990s and the potential reasons for convergence of population growth across the top tiers of the amenity hierarchy. Based on an examination of spatial hedonic growth regressions, it is concluded that strong demand for high amenity areas continued in the 1990s, but the convergence in population growth across the top tiers was related to convergence in quality of life and lower productivity growth in the highest amenity tier counties, not inelasticity in the supply of land and housing. The results suggest continued convergence in population growth in the near future and further suggest that local policymakers in the most amenity attractive areas should focus on protecting and enhancing valued local area natural characteristics; failure to do so will lead to a lower local quality of life and stagnation of area economic growth.

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Paper provided by Oklahoma State University, Department of Economics and Legal Studies in Business in its series Economics Working Paper Series with number 0907.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:okl:wpaper:0907

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Keywords: Natural amenities; Regional popul ation growth; Quality of life;

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  1. Davidsson, Michael & Rickman, Dan S., 2011. "U.S. Micropolitan Area Growth: A Spatial Equilibrium Growth Analysis," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 41(2,3), pages 179-203, Fall, Win.
  2. Andrés Rodríguez-Pose & Tobias D. Ketterer, 2012. "Do Local Amenities Affect The Appeal Of Regions In Europe For Migrants?," Journal of Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 52(4), pages 535-561, October.
  3. Rickman, Dan, 2013. "Should Oklahoma Be More Like Texas? A Taxing Decision," MPRA Paper 48497, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. W. Mark Brown & Darren M. Scott, 2012. "Human Capital Location Choice: Accounting For Amenities And Thick Labor Markets," Journal of Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 52(5), pages 787-808, December.
  5. Liviano Solís, Daniel & Arauzo Carod, Josep Maria, 2013. "Spatial Exploration of Age Distribution in Catalan Municipalities," Working Papers 2072/220222, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Department of Economics.
  6. Arauzo Carod, Josep Maria & Liviano Solís, Daniel, 2013. "Migration Determinants at a Local Level," Working Papers 2072/220224, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Department of Economics.
  7. Partridge, Mark D. & Rickman, Dan S., 2012. "Integrating regional economic development analysis and land use economics," MPRA Paper 38291, University Library of Munich, Germany.


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