Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login to save this paper or follow this series

An Analysis of the Role of Self-Employment in the Economic Development of the Rural Northeastern United States

Contents:

Author Info

  • Saima Bashir

    ()
    (Department of Resource Management, West Virginia University)

  • Tesfa Gebremedhin

    ()
    (Department of Resource Management, West Virginia University)

  • Jerald Fletcher

    ()
    (Department of Resource Management, West Virginia University)

Registered author(s):

    Abstract

    Generating employment and alleviating poverty are the biggest challenges for regional economic growth in rural areas of the Northeastern United States. Despite the revival of the economy in much of the nation’s heartland, rural areas are still suffering from high poverty and unemployment rates. Self-employment, a measure of entrepreneurship, indicates an opportunity for rural communities to improve quality of life and accelerate regional economic development. Taking into consideration the problem of unemployment in rural communities, there is a need to focus on generating self-employment opportunities at micro level to enhance economic growth and reduce the per capita income ‘gap’ between rural and urban areas. The overall objective of the study is to identify and estimate the impacts of self-employment in the economic development of the Northeastern United States. The empirical model of this study is derived from the three-equation simultaneous model of Deller et al., (2011). The study estimated the relationship of employment, population and per capita income to self-employment. Research findings show that employment and population have a positive relationship to self-employment indicating positive contribution of self-employment to regional economic development.

    Download Info

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
    File URL: http://rri.wvu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Bashir_AnalysisOfTheRoleOfSelfEmployment.pdf
    Download Restriction: no

    Bibliographic Info

    Paper provided by Regional Research Institute, West Virginia University in its series Working Papers with number 201105.

    as in new window
    Length: 24 pages
    Date of creation: May 2011
    Date of revision:
    Handle: RePEc:rri:wpaper:201105

    Contact details of provider:
    Postal: 886 Chestnut Ridge Road, P.O. Box 6825, Morgantown, WV 26506-6825
    Phone: 304 293 2896
    Fax: 304 293 6699
    Email:
    Web page: http://rri.wvu.edu/research/working-papers/
    More information through EDIRC

    Related research

    Keywords: self-employment; economic development; rural northeast region; simultaneous analysis;

    Find related papers by JEL classification:

    References

    References listed on IDEAS
    Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:
    as in new window
    1. Bögenhold, Dieter & Fachinger, Uwe, 2009. "Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Spatial Disparities: Divisions and Changes of Self-employment and Firms," MPRA Paper 19245, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Fairlie, Robert W. & Woodruff, Christopher, 2006. "Mexican Entrepreneurship: A Comparison of Self-Employment in Mexico and the United States," IZA Discussion Papers 2039, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    3. Baumol, William J., 1996. "Entrepreneurship: Productive, unproductive, and destructive," Journal of Business Venturing, Elsevier, vol. 11(1), pages 3-22, January.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    Citations

    Lists

    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:rri:wpaper:201105. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Randall Jackson).

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.