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Keystone Sector Identification


  • Kilkenny, Maureen
  • Nalbarte, Laura


This chapter presents a new method for identifying key sectors in communities, where sectors are defined broadly to include churches, clubs, associations, and public institutions as well as different types of businesses and industries. We describe and apply new ways to (1) quantify the local community structure, (2) describe the various roles, (3) identify the keystone sectors in a community. We adapt methods of graph theory and social network analysis to the analysis of a local econmic system.

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  • Kilkenny, Maureen & Nalbarte, Laura, 2002. "Keystone Sector Identification," Staff General Research Papers Archive 10310, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:10310

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    1. Shideler, David W. & Kraybill, David S., 2003. "Social Networks, Social Capital And Community Economic Growth," 2003 Annual meeting, July 27-30, Montreal, Canada 22174, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
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    4. Pisani, Elena & Franceschetti, Giorgio, 2011. "Territorial approaches for rural development in Latin America: a case study in Chile," MPRA Paper 42807, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 19 Apr 2011.
    5. Geoffrey J. D. Hewings, 2000. "New goals for rural policies," Proceedings – Rural and Agricultural Conferences, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, issue Oct, pages 169-182.
    6. Pisani, Elena, 2010. "Beyond the agricultural sector in Latin America: territorial approaches for rural development," MPRA Paper 24975, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    7. García Muñiz, Ana Salomé, 2013. "Input–output research in structural equivalence: Extracting paths and similarities," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 31(C), pages 796-803.

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