Campus Units

Economics

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Submitted Manuscript

Publication Date

2002

Journal or Book Title

American Journal of Agricultural Economics

Volume

84

Issue

3

First Page or Article ID Number

615

Last Page

627

DOI

10.1111/1467-8276.00323

Abstract

Human capital raises rural incomes, but this effect is swamped by higher returns to human capital in urban markets. This leads to “brain drain” from rural areas. Populations grow more rapidly in rural counties that have a diversified employment base. Farm population grows faster (or declines more slowly) in counties with relatively high farm income, and nonfarm populations grow faster in counties with relatively high nonfarm income. However, higher farm incomes lead to slower nonfarm population growth and vice versa. Rural county government services financed by local taxes or debt have neutral or negative effects on population growth.

JEL Classification

H71, H72, J11, J24, J61, R23

Comments

This is a manuscript of an article from American Journal of Agricultural Economics 84 (2002): 615, doi: 10.1111/1467-8276.00323. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

American Agricultural Economics Association

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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