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Natural Amenities and Rural Employment Growth: A Sector Analysis

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  • Henderson, Jason R.

    (Center for the Study of Rural America, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City)

  • McDaniel, Kendall

    (Chickasha Bank and Trust Company, Chickasha, OK)

Abstract

Natural amenities have always been important to rural America. Places with high natural amenities enjoyed higher levels of employment, population, and income growth. However, the relationship between natural amenities and employment growth varies by industry and natural amenity type. Natural amenities do support the quality of life in rural areas. Yet, their impacts on service and retail sectors are more pronounced, with landscape amenities having greater impacts than weather amenities.

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  • Henderson, Jason R. & McDaniel, Kendall, 2005. "Natural Amenities and Rural Employment Growth: A Sector Analysis," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 35(1), pages 80-96.
  • Handle: RePEc:rre:publsh:v:35:y:2005:i:1:p:80-96
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    Keywords

    Population; Rural;

    JEL classification:

    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population

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