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Analysis of Quality of Life and Rural Development: Evidence from West Virginia Data


  • James O. Bukenya
  • Tesfa G. Gebremedhin
  • Peter V. Schaeffer


This paper examines the relationship between quality of life, rural development, and several socioeconomic variables. The analysis utilizes data obtained from a survey questionnaire administered to a random sample of more than 2,000 residents in West Virginia, and spatial data obtained by geocoding the survey respondents’ addressees. Quality of life is measured by a three‐point categorical measure of overall satisfaction, and development is measured by a goods and services availability index. A simultaneous ordered probit model is used to examine the relationships. The empirical results are consistent with the theoretical predictions and indicate a simultaneous relationship between quality of life satisfaction and rural development.

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  • James O. Bukenya & Tesfa G. Gebremedhin & Peter V. Schaeffer, 2003. "Analysis of Quality of Life and Rural Development: Evidence from West Virginia Data," Growth and Change, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 34(2), pages 202-218, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:growch:v:34:y:2003:i:2:p:202-218
    DOI: 10.1111/1468-2257.00214

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