Small towns as ‘sub-poles’ in English rural development: Investigating rural–urban linkages using sub-regional social accounting matrices

Courtney, Paul and Mayfield, Lucy and Tranter, Richard and Jones, Philip and Errington, Andrew (2007) Small towns as ‘sub-poles’ in English rural development: Investigating rural–urban linkages using sub-regional social accounting matrices. Geoforum, 38 (6). pp. 1219-1232. ISSN 00167185

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Abstract

This paper uses spatial economic data from four small English towns to measure the strength of economic integration between town and hinterland and to estimate the magnitude of town-hinterland spill-over effects. Following estimation of local integration indicators and inter-locale flows, sub-regional social accounting matrices (SAMs) are developed to estimate the strength of local employment and output multipliers for various economic sectors. The potential value of a town as a 'sub-pole' in local economic development is shown to be dependent on structural differences in the local economy, such as the particular mix of firms within towns. Although the multipliers are generally small, indicating a low level of local linkages, some sectors, particularly financial services and banking, show consistently higher multipliers for both output and employment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Small towns, English rural development, growth poles, social accounting matrices,Retrospective view, Strategies,
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Computing and Applied Sciences > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Depositing User: Debi Jones-Davis
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2014 10:57
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2014 10:57
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/337

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