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Alternative Territorial Breakdowns of Statistics for Supporting Rural Policies


  • Lauwers, Ludwig H.
  • Kerselaers, Eva
  • Lenders, Sonia
  • Vervaet, Mieke
  • Vervloet, Dirk


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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  • Lauwers, Ludwig H. & Kerselaers, Eva & Lenders, Sonia & Vervaet, Mieke & Vervloet, Dirk, 2005. "Alternative Territorial Breakdowns of Statistics for Supporting Rural Policies," 2005 International Congress, August 23-27, 2005, Copenhagen, Denmark 24635, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:eaae05:24635

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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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    rural development; rurality index; OECD; central limit theorem; Agricultural and Food Policy; C10; O18; R12;

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    • C10 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - General
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)


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