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Alternative Territorial Breakdowns of Statistics for Supporting Rural Policies

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  • 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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  • 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.
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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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    Keywords

    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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