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ERIC Number: ED085123
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Feb-16
Pages: 31
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Economic and Social Indicators of Rural Development From An Economic Viewpoint.
Edwards, Clark; Coltrane, Robert
A framework for constructing a set of statistical economic and social indicators for rural development is discussed in this paper. Operational definitions are presented for economic development, economic growth, rural, and rural development. The framework for identifying economic and social indicators can be adapted to quantify most existing theories and depends on delineation based on aggregates of counties according to the homogeneity of economic and social problems. The delineation methods are described. Twelve specific variables are aggregated into a single index of economic development by principal component analysis. Nine delineations are compared for specific variables to test for differences in computed properties of each variable and for differences in estimated relationships among variables. Five difficulties that might limit the set of indicators are that they must be problem-oriented, be rooted in development theory, be capable of providing considerable detail, be reported for carefully chosen observational units, and be based on current and reliable data. (PS)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Agricultural Economics Association, Richmond, Va., February 14 through 16, 1973