299: Productivity in rural England

This paper was produced by the Defra Rural Economics Unit. Its purpose is to inform the development of rural policy by analysing the available evidence on productivity but it contains facts and figures and some particularly useful charts and tables which will be useful to anyone working in rural areas.

Year of Publication2005

Whilst the majority of rural areas are experiencing relatively high levels of economic prosperity and low levels of social exclusion there are areas that have consistently lower rates of productivity than others. Lagging productivity can be due both to underlying factors associated with the nature of some rural areas and to instances of market failure. The evidence shows that poor economic performance tends to be associated with higher levels of social exclusion.

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