Employment Stability and the Role of Sectoral Dominance in Rural Economies

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Christopher Fawson

Utah State University

Dawn Thilmany

Colorado State University, Fort Collins - Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics

John E. Keith

Utah State University

Date Written: August 1998

Abstract

Rural development has received renewed attention, particularly in the West, where there are opportunities for enhancing tourism in communities once reliant on extractive resources. The historical focus of rural development has been on economic growth, with little concern about the sustainability or socioeconomic impacts of such growth. This study analyzes and discusses the employment dynamics of rural economies with varying employment bases to illustrate some possible impacts of targeting specific employment sectors as part of a rural economic development strategy. The empirical research focuses on the rural counties of Utah, where the trade and service sectors associated with increased tourism and retirement communities have been rapidly expanding throughout the past two decades.

Keywords: labor market dynamics, rural development, R230

Suggested Citation

Fawson, Christopher and Thilmany, Dawn and Keith, John E., Employment Stability and the Role of Sectoral Dominance in Rural Economies (August 1998). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 80, Issue 3, pp. 521-533, 1998, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3563789 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/1244554

Christopher Fawson (Contact Author)

Utah State University

Logan, UT 84322
United States

Dawn Thilmany

Colorado State University, Fort Collins - Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics ( email )

B313 Andrew G. Clark
Fort Collins, CO 80523
United States
970-491-7220 (Phone)

John E. Keith

Utah State University

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