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A Multivariate Statistical Approach to the Analysis of Rural Development


  • Mazzocchi, Mario
  • Montresor, Elisa


The aim of this work is to contribute to the definition of an analytical approach for evaluating the dynamics in progress in the agricultural and rural development at a territorial level. For this purpose principal components analysis and cluster analysis were applied and the different methodological approaches reviewed. A two-stage method is also proposed. This could provide the analytical tools to simplify and interpret the results of the territorial analyses, also in order to supply a flexible instrument to policy-makers. A case-study on the Emilia-Romagna region, in Italy, is presented.

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  • Mazzocchi, Mario & Montresor, Elisa, 2000. "A Multivariate Statistical Approach to the Analysis of Rural Development," Agricultural Economics Review, Greek Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 1(2), August.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aergaa:26455

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    1. Berdegué, J. & Jara, E. & Modrego, F. & Sanclemente, X. & Schejtman, A., 2010. "Comunas Rurales de Chile," Working papers 060, Rimisp Latin American Center for Rural Development.

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