Business productivity and area productivity in rural England

Webber, D. J., Curry, N. and Plumridge, A. (2009) Business productivity and area productivity in rural England. Regional Studies, 43 (5). pp. 661-675. ISSN 0034-3404 Available from:

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Rural area productivity and rural business productivity measure different things. This paper presents an 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
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Business and Law > Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance
ID Code:15906
Deposited By: Professor D. Webber
Deposited On:02 Nov 2011 15:22
Last Modified:17 Jun 2016 04:56

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