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Socioeconomic Effects of Large-Scale Resource Development Projects in Rural Areas: The Case of McLean County, North Dakota


  • Leistritz, F. Larry
  • Maki, Karen C.


This study examines the socioeconomic effects of power plant construction and operation during the period 1975-1981 and also compares the actual changes in key economic and social indicators with those projected in impact studies conducted during the early stages of project development. The study thus serves as an analysis of the actual impacts of a major resource development project, as an evaluation of the reliability of anticipatory impact assessments, and as an initial evaluation of the need for and effectiveness of impact management measures.

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  • Leistritz, F. Larry & Maki, Karen C., 1981. "Socioeconomic Effects of Large-Scale Resource Development Projects in Rural Areas: The Case of McLean County, North Dakota," Agricultural Economics Reports 23281, North Dakota State University, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:nddaer:23281

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    1. Wieland, James S. & Leistritz, F. Larry & Murdock, Steven H., 1979. "Characteristics And Residential Patterns Of Energy-Related Work Forces In The Northern Great Plains," Western Journal of Agricultural Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 4(01), July.
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    1. Andrew Chadwick & John Glasson, 1999. "Auditing the Socio-economic Impacts of a Major Construction Project: The Case of Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station," Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 42(6), pages 811-836.
    2. Felix N. Fernando & Dennis R. Cooley, 2016. "An Oil Boom’s Effect on Quality of Life (QoL): Lessons from Western North Dakota," Applied Research in Quality of Life, Springer;International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies, vol. 11(4), pages 1083-1115, December.


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