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ERIC Number: ED279464
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Critical Issues in the Delivery of Local Government Services in Rural America.
Doeksen, Gerald A.; Peterson, Janet
Technological changes, an increase in demand for quality community services, and environmental controls have created conditions of continual change in the delivery of rural services. This report summarizes economic theory on community service delivery, reviews economic literature on specific community services, and identifies research gaps and public policy issues. Specific community service topics include education, rural water systems, crime and police protection, fire protection, hospitals, and solid waste. For each topic, current literature on production functions and economies of size is reviewed, revealing many research gaps. Research issues related to production functions and cost curves which are discussed include the need for data, output and inputs, technology, regulations and policy, and new theory. Research priorities identified are: maintaining current community service facility budgets and expanding production function research to include a current data base, further clarification between inputs and outputs, evaluation of alternative proposed policies, and new theories for delivery of community services. Conclusions suggest research results need to be transferred to extension agencies in a form easily understood and usable and reports to congressional committees must clearly state effects of the policy and be based on sound economic principles. The 79 references cited in the literature review are listed. (NEC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Economic Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC. Agriculture and Rural Economics Div.