Amenities and Rural Development
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Amenities and Rural Development

Theory, Methods and Public Policy

  • New Horizons in Environmental Economics series

Edited by Gary Paul Green, Steven C. Deller and David D. Marcouiller

Amenities and Rural Development explores the paradigmatic shift in how we view land resources and the potential for development in amenity-rich rural regions. Amenity-based growth can lead to several paths, based largely on proximity to urban areas and the type of development that occurs, whether it be seasonal residents, retirees, or tourism. The distributional implications of amenity-led development are an important consideration for policy, both within and between communities and regions. The contributors conclude that public policy needs to focus on maximizing complementary and supplementary uses while minimizing antagonistic uses of amenities.
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Chapter 2: The Supply of Natural Amenities: Moving from Empirical Anecdotes to a Theoretical Basis

David W. Marcouiller and Greg Clendenning

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2. The supply of natural amenities: moving from empirical anecdotes to a theoretical basis David W. Marcouiller and Greg Clendenning INTRODUCTION Natural resources continue to play an important role in defining the structure and viability of rural communities across North America. Historically, natural resources have provided location-specific advantages for communities at various stages of their development. In early stages, extractive industries (farming, forestry, mining and fishing) utilized natural resources as physical raw materials for processed goods thus creating plentiful and relatively high-paying job opportunities. As communities develop, traditional dependencies have given way to alternative foundations. In essence, many rural communities have experienced a paradigmatic shift in perceptions of what is comprised by the regional natural resource endowment and the manner in which these natural resources are utilized. Several forces have come together to fundamentally alter the manner in which natural resources act as engines of economic growth. With the exception of oil production, international competition has led resource extractive industries of the US to lose their price competitiveness in world commodity markets (Freudenburg 1992; Glaston and Baehler 1995; Pulver 1995; Weber 1995). Also, economic restructuring of the American economy toward a service base has significantly tempered the importance of physical raw material inputs for production of manufactured goods (Bluestone and Harrison 1982; Chevan and Stokes 2000). Finally environmental awareness and political activism of urban audiences have provided strong criticism of extractive production practices by emphasizing adverse environmental impacts, threats to biodiversity and sustainability and global environmental change...

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