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Alternative Territorial Breakdowns of Statistics for Supporting Rural Policies

  • Lauwers, Ludwig H.
  • Kerselaers, Eva
  • Lenders, Sonia
  • Vervaet, Mieke
  • Vervloet, Dirk
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    In order to support rural policy making with appropriate information, alternative territorial breakdowns of statistics are necessary. This paper shows how the widely used criterion of 150 inhabitants per km² can be fine tuned to better account for local specific conditions, in particular high population densities. Alternative population density thresholds are confronted with local perceptions of rurality, aggregated in a rurality index. The method is illustrated for two regions that differ in urbanisation level. The rurality index not only increases the discriminatory power, but also helps to find a less erroneous and more robust proxy for international comparable breakdowns of statistics.

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    Paper provided by European Association of Agricultural Economists in its series 2005 International Congress, August 23-27, 2005, Copenhagen, Denmark with number 24635.

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    1. Swinton, Scott M., 2004. "Too Poor To Be Stewards? Rural Poverty And Sustainable Natural Resource Management," Staff Papers 11694, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
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