Distance from Urban Agglomeration Economies and Rural Poverty

26 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2008

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Mark Partridge

Ohio State University (OSU) - Department of Agricultural, Environmental & Development Economics

Dan S. Rickman

Oklahoma State University - Stillwater - Department of Economics & Legal Studies in Business

Abstract

Despite strong national economic growth and significant poverty reduction during the late 1990s, high poverty persisted in remote rural areas. This study uses a geographical information system county database to examine the nexus between rural U.S. poverty and remoteness. We find that poverty rates increase with greater rural distances from successively larger metropolitan areas (MAs). We explain this outcome as arising from the attenuation of urban agglomeration effects at greater distances and incomplete commuting and migration responses to lower labor demand in rural areas. One implication is that remote areas may particularly experience greater reductions in poverty from place-based economic development policies.

Suggested Citation

Partridge, Mark D. and Rickman, Dan S., Distance from Urban Agglomeration Economies and Rural Poverty. Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 48, No. 2, pp. 285-310, May 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1124182 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9787.2008.00552.x

Mark D. Partridge (Contact Author)

Ohio State University (OSU) - Department of Agricultural, Environmental & Development Economics ( email )

2120 Fyffe Rd
Columbus, OH 43210-1067
United States

Dan S. Rickman

Oklahoma State University - Stillwater - Department of Economics & Legal Studies in Business ( email )

201 Business Building
Stillwater, OK 74078-0555
United States

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