Places for Place‐Based Policy

28 Pages Posted: 23 Dec 2013

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M. Rose Olfert

University of Saskatchewan - College of Agriculture - Agricultural Economics

Mark Partridge

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

Julio Berdegué

International Network for Research on Farming Systems (RIMISP)

Javier Escobal

Grupo de Analisis para el Desarrollo (GRADE)

Benjamin Jara

Grupo de Analisis para el Desarrollo (GRADE)

Felix Modrego

Ohio State University (OSU)

Date Written: January 2014

Abstract

Place‐based policy is both ubiquitous and widely criticised. The conventional economic case against place‐targeted interventions is strong, relegating its application to a narrow range of cases of immobile labour resources, market imperfections and/or other externalities. However, both internationally and domestically, equity considerations lead to policies and programmes for disadvantaged regions and their populations. Budget constraints and accountability suggest a selection or ‘triage’ process targeting places with the highest returns in contributing to social welfare. Furthermore, the challenges facing rural areas may be fundamentally different in developed from developing countries. This article proposes a framework for assessing places appropriate for place‐based policies, using the examples of Canada, Chile and Peru.

Keywords: Rural policy, rural development, resource‐based economies, place‐based policy

Suggested Citation

Olfert, M. Rose and Partridge, Mark D. and Berdegue, Julio A. and Escobal, Javier and Jara, Benjamin and Modrego, Felix, Places for Place‐Based Policy (January 2014). Development Policy Review, Vol. 32, Issue 1, pp. 5-32, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2371441 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dpr.12041

M. Rose Olfert (Contact Author)

University of Saskatchewan - College of Agriculture - Agricultural Economics ( email )

51 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8
Canada

Mark D. Partridge

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

2120 Fyffe Rd
Columbus, OH 43210-1067
United States

Julio A. Berdegue

International Network for Research on Farming Systems (RIMISP) ( email )

Santiago
Chile

Javier Escobal

Grupo de Analisis para el Desarrollo (GRADE) ( email )

Av, Graú 915
Barranco
Lima, Lima
Peru

Benjamin Jara

Grupo de Analisis para el Desarrollo (GRADE)

Av, Graú 915
Barranco, Lima
Peru

Felix Modrego

Ohio State University (OSU)

Blankenship Hall-2010
901 Woody Hayes Drive
Columbus, OH OH 43210
United States

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