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Landscapes and regional development: What are the links?

Jean-Christophe Dissart ()
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Jean-Christophe Dissart: Unité de recherche Développement des territoires montagnards, Cemagref Grenoble, 2 rue de la Papeterie, BP 76, 38402 Saint-Martin-d’Hères cedex

Cahiers d'Economie et Sociologie Rurales, 2007, vol. 84-85, 61-91

Abstract: Despite increasing interest for rural landscapes, information technology advances, and transportation improvements, rural areas generally continue to lag behind urban ones with respect to many socioeconomic indicators. Those rural areas that experience significant growth, however, are either located close to metropolitan areas or offer outstanding amenities that attract population and firms. Landscapes, as amenities, are defined as location-specific features that enhance the attractiveness of a given location. The empirical connection between amenities and regional growth has been established, but supply and demand issues of amenities and how their presence might lead to increased development still need clarification. This survey paper deals with several issues. First, amenities and landscapes and their characteristics are defined and described, particularly as economic goods. Second, supply and demand factors for amenities are presented. Third, the links between amenities, landscapes and regional development are explained, via both impact mechanisms and institutional arrangements. Last, key public policy and further research issues are outlined.

Keywords: landscape; amenities; rural area; regional development; economic development. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2007
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