IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

Model-Based Evaluation of Rural Development Policies


  • Thomas G. Johnson
  • Deborah Roberts
  • Timothy R. Wojan


A primary concern in rural development policy is the impact of government expenditures on economic growth, income and employment. The Socio-Economic Benefit Assessment System (SEBAS) model developed through academic/government collaboration in the United States is an example of a practical tool for assessing the impact of federal programmes on these key development indicators. The model is based on an interregional social accounting matrix (SAM) and estimates the location and impact (including displacement effects) of economic initiatives. It has been used to examine the impact of loans and grants programmes and rural energy projects on regional value-added (GDP) and the quantity and quality of employment. Although the challenges of using model-based assessment are greater in the European Union due to data deficiencies and a complex rural development policy framework, considerable potential exists for deepening understanding of the effectiveness of policy measures, particularly in terms of region-specific impacts. Results obtained through modelling approaches such as computable general equilibrium (CGE) models, suggest that the impacts of programmes can be smaller than traditionally assumed and that there can also be important re-distributional effects. There are strong arguments for making modelling a key element in a broad evaluation of rural development policy. Copyright (c) 2010 The Authors. Journal compilation (c) The Agricultural Ecomomics Society and the European Association of Agricultural Economists 2010.

Suggested Citation

  • Thomas G. Johnson & Deborah Roberts & Timothy R. Wojan, 2010. "Model-Based Evaluation of Rural Development Policies," EuroChoices, The Agricultural Economics Society, vol. 9(1), pages 30-36, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:eurcho:v:9:y:2010:i:1:p:30-36

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    File Function: link to full text
    Download Restriction: Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to search for a different version of it.

    References listed on IDEAS

    1. Finger, Robert, 2010. "Evidence of slowing yield growth - The example of Swiss cereal yields," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 35(2), pages 175-182, April.
    2. Erwin Schmid & Franz Sinabell, 2004. "On the Choice of Farm Management Practices after the Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy in 2003," WIFO Working Papers 233, WIFO.
    3. Stefan Mann, 2005. "Different Perspectives on Cross-Compliance," Environmental Values, White Horse Press, vol. 14(4), pages 471-482, November.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)


    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.

    Cited by:

    1. Barnes, Andrew Peter, 2012. "A method for constructing an index of sustainable intensification within the developed country context," Working Papers 131466, Scottish Agricultural College, Land Economy Research Group.
    2. Lindberg, Gunnar, 2011. "Linkages: economic analysis of agriculture in the wider economy," Department of Economics publications 2432, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Economics.
    3. Barnes, Andrew Peter, 2012. "A method for constructing an index of sustainable intensification within the developed country context," Working Papers 131466, Scotland's Rural College (formerly Scottish Agricultural College), Land Economy & Environment Research Group.

    More about this item


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:bla:eurcho:v:9:y:2010:i:1:p:30-36. 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: (Wiley-Blackwell Digital Licensing) or (Christopher F. Baum). General contact details of provider: .

    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.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using 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 RePEc Author Service 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.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.