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Reexamining Rural Decline: How Changing Rural Classifications Affect Perceived Growth

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  • Artz, Georgeanne M.

    (U MO)

  • Orazem, Peter F.

    (IA State U)

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This article illustrates the commonly overlooked sample selection problem inherent in using rural classification methods that change over time due to population changes. Since fast-growing rural areas grow out of their rural status, using recent rural definitions excludes the most successful places from the analysis. Average economic performance of the areas remaining rural significantly understates true rural performance. We illustrate this problem using one rural classification system, rural-urban continuum codes. Choice of code vintage alters conclusions regarding the relative speed of rural and urban growth and can mislead researchers regarding magnitudes and signs of factors believed to influence growth.

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  • Artz, Georgeanne M. & Orazem, Peter F., 2006. "Reexamining Rural Decline: How Changing Rural Classifications Affect Perceived Growth," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 36(2), pages 163-191.
  • Handle: RePEc:rre:publsh:v:36:y:2006:i:2:p:163-91
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    1. Dust, Andrew & Orazem, Peter & Wohlgemuth, Darin, 2008. "Rural Immigrant Population Growth, 1950-2000: Waves or Ripples?," Staff General Research Papers Archive 12920, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
    2. Hong, Junpyo, 2011. "The Role of Amenities in a Regional Economy: A Meta-Analysis Approach," Journal of Rural Development/Nongchon-Gyeongje, Korea Rural Economic Institute, vol. 34(5), December.

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    Keywords

    Population; Rural Urban; Rural; Urban;

    JEL classification:

    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • 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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