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Population development in rural Switzerland: Do sectors matter?

Stefan Mann ()

No 30710, Working Papers from Agroscope Reckenholz Tanikon (ART)

Abstract: The paper approaches the question of the role of the three different sectors in rural population development. A regression with data from 1606 rural Swiss municipalities shows that activity in the farming sector enhances population growth to a greater degree than activity in the industrial sector. Employment in the service sector was not found to sustain population growth in rural municipalities, whereas commuting possibilities had a strongly stabilising impact. Other important determinants were wealth, the number of holiday homes and demographic factors. A qualitative study of four rural municipalities largely confirmed the findings of the regression, but also showed the importance of non-economic factors influencing the relative attractiveness of a rural municipality.

Keywords: Community/Rural/Urban Development; Industrial Organization (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 20
Date: 2006
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.30710

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