Business Productivity and Area Productivity in Rural England

Webber, Don, Curry, Nigel R and Plumridge, Anthony (2009) Business Productivity and Area Productivity in Rural England. Regional Studies, 43 (5). pp. 661-675. doi:10.1080/00343400701874156

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Webber D., Curry N. and Plumridge A. Business productivity and area productivity in rural England, Regional Studies. Rural area productivity and rural business productivity measure different things. This paper presents a empirical analysis of labour productivity differentials across the new Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) definition of 'rural'. Labour productivity is 21% (13%) lower in sparse (less sparse) rural areas compared with urban areas. Labour productivity in less sparse and urban areas appears to depend on similar factors. Labour productivity in sparse areas strongly relates to a different industrial structure and plants in sparse areas gain less benefit from larger capital stocks. Policy needs to be aware of these differences if the urban-rural productivity divide is to be reduced

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rural, Productivity, Skills, Industrial structure,Quality-Of-Life, Location, Growth, Firms
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Depositing User: Debi Jones-Davis
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2014 12:02
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 21:27

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