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Can rural America support a knowledge economy?

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  • Jason Henderson
  • Bridget Abraham

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Knowledge has become the new premium fuel for economic growth in the 21st century. Knowledge fuels new ideas and innovations to boost productivity – and to create new products, new firms, new jobs, and new wealth. Some analysts estimate that knowledge-based activity accounts for half of the gross domestic product in Western industrialized countries. In the United States, knowledge-based industries paced gross domestic product growth from 1991 to 2001, and their importance has accelerated since 1995. ; In rural America, as elsewhere, a variety of factors make knowledge-based growth possible: high-skilled labor, colleges and universities, vibrant business networks, and infrastructure. Some rural communities are already leveraging these assets to transform their economy. Many other rural places, however, have yet to tap this rich economic potential. ; Henderson and Abraham use empirical evidence to identify the factors that are essential to rural knowledge-based activity. They then describe how some rural communities are leveraging these factors to build their own knowledge economy.

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  • Jason Henderson & Bridget Abraham, 2004. "Can rural America support a knowledge economy?," Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, issue Q III, pages 71-96.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedker:y:2004:i:qiii:p:71-96:n:v.89no.3
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    1. Brigitte Waldorf, 2005. "The Emergence Of A Knowledge Agglomeration: A Spatio-Temporal Analysis Of Intellectual Capital In Indiana," ERSA conference papers ersa05p558, European Regional Science Association.
    2. Brigitte Waldorf, 2009. "Is human capital accumulation a self-propelling process? Comparing educational attainment levels of movers and stayers," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 43(2), pages 323-344, June.
    3. Todd M. Gabe, 2009. "Knowledge And Earnings," Journal of Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 49(3), pages 439-457.

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