Population development in rural Switzerland: Do sectors matter?
Stefan Mann ()
No 30710, Working Papers from Agroscope Reckenholz Tanikon (ART)
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)
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