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Virtual Issue: Domestic Rural Economic Development

Editor’s Note:

In this virtual edition of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics we highlight the long and rich tradition on research and policy discussions related to rural community development in AJAE. This was an undertaking of the Community and Regional Economics Network (CRENET) within the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. In addition to a celebration of this long and rich tradition we had three objectives in organizing this virtual issue. First, we wanted to highlight some of the classic pieces in rural development that remain relevant today. Reviewing these older classics helps us to better understand not only the foundations of our work today but also highlights has our thinking has evolved over time. Second, we aimed to emphasize the importance of direct policy relevance to the work. While some of the pieces included here could be considered “theoretical” most of the work attempts to inform policy discussions at the federal, state and local levels. Third, over time the complexity of rural community development becomes clearer. Notions that a healthy farm economy lead to a healthy rural economy gave way to a better understanding of the heterogeneity of rural areas. Given this heterogeneity some questioned what role federal policy could or should play and if policy be aimed at nurturing grassroots efforts. As the complexity of rural community development became clearer the nature of the work equally evolved over time.

Steven C. Deller
Editor



Leonard A. Salter and Larry F. Diehl. (1940). “Part-Time Farming Research.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 22 (3): 581-600.

James T. Bonnen. (1966). “Rural Poverty: Programs and Problems.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 48 (2): 452-465.

Jansma, J.D. and F.M. Goode. (1976). “Rural Development Research: Conceptualizing and Measuring Key Concepts.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 58 (5): 992-927.

Edwards, C. (1976). “The Political Economy of Rural Development: Theoretical Perspectives.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 58 (5): 914-921.

Huffman, W. E. (1977). “Interactions between Farm and Nonfarm Labor Markets.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 59 (5): 1054–1061.

Kenneth L. Deavers. (1980). “Social Science Contributions to Rural Development Policy in the 1980s.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 62 (5): 1021-1026.

Nelson, G. (1984). "Elements of a Paradigm for Rural Development." American Journal of Agricultural Economics 66 (5): 694-700.

McDowell, G.R. (1985). “The Political Economy of Extension Program Design: Institutional Maintenance Issues in the Organization and Delivery of Extension Programs." American Journal of Agricultural Economics 67 (4): 717-725.

Castle, E.N. (1998). “A Conceptual Framework for the Study of Rural Places.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 80 (3): 621-631.

Weber, B., G.J. Duncan and L.A. Whitener. (2001). “Welfare Reform in Rural America: What Have We Learned?” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 83 (5): 1280-1290.

Deller, S. C., T. Tsung-Hsiu, D. W. Marcouiller, and D. B. K. English. (2001). “The Role of Amenities and Quality of Life in Rural Economic Growth.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 83 (2): 352–365.

Wu, J.J. and M. Gopinath. (2008). “What Causes Spatial Variations in Economic Development in the United States?” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 90 (2): 392-408.

Irwin, E., A. Isserman, M. Kilkenny and M. Partridge. (2010). "A Century of Research on Rural Development and Regional Issues." American Journal of Agricultural Economics 92 (2): 522-553.

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