Campus Units

Economics

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2006

Journal or Book Title

The Review of Regional Studies

Volume

36

Issue

2

First Page or Article ID Number

163

Last Page

191

Abstract

This article illustrates the commonly overlooked sample selection problem inherent in using rural classification methods that change over time due to population changes. Since fast-growing rural areas grow out of their rural status, using recent rural definitions excludes the most successful places from the analysis. Average economic performance of the areas remaining rural significantly understates true rural performance. We illustrate this problem using one rural classification system, rural-urban continuum codes. Choice of code vintage alters conclusions regarding the relative speed of rural and urban growth and can mislead researchers regarding magnitudes and signs of factors believed to influence growth.

Comments

This is an article from Review of Regional Studies 36 (2006): 163. Posted with permission.

Rights

This article is made available via a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Copyright Owner

The Authors

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

Share

COinS