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Co-operatives and Rural Community Population Growth: Evidence from Canada

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  • Kangayi, Chipo

    (U Saskatchewan)

  • Olfert, M. Rose

    (U Saskatchewan)

  • Partridge, Mark

    (OH State U)

Abstract

The social economy holds promise for rural community development through local capacity building, improving political engagement, expanding networks, and increasing productivity by reducing transactions costs. In this study, the contribution of co-op membership to rural community population growth is estimated, along with standard growth determinants. With minor exceptions, the results do not support the expectation that co-ops improve the population growth prospects of rural communities. Currency (or obsolescence) of this particular type of social capital may be a factor. Alternatively, social capital in the form of co-ops may be serving as a substitute for private sector enterprise or other forms of social capital.

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  • Kangayi, Chipo & Olfert, M. Rose & Partridge, Mark, 2009. "Co-operatives and Rural Community Population Growth: Evidence from Canada," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 39(1), pages 49-71.
  • Handle: RePEc:rre:publsh:v:39:y:2009:i:1:p:49-71
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    1. Mavenga, Fortunate & Olfert, M. Rose, 2012. "The Role of Credit Unions in Rural Communities in Canada," Journal of Rural Cooperation, Hebrew University, Center for Agricultural Economic Research, vol. 40(1).

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    Keywords

    Co-operatives; Population; Rural; Social Capital;

    JEL classification:

    • Q13 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Markets and Marketing; Cooperatives; Agribusiness
    • 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
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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