The authors thank the referees for their comments.
EXAMINING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN QUALITY OF LIFE AMENITIES AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE SOUTHEAST USA
Article first published online: 12 SEP 2005
Review of Urban & Regional Development Studies
Volume 17, Issue 2, pages 89–103, July 2005
How to Cite
Nzaku, K. and Bukenya, J. O. (2005), EXAMINING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN QUALITY OF LIFE AMENITIES AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE SOUTHEAST USA. Review of Urban & Regional Development Studies, 17: 89–103. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-940X.2005.00101.x
- Issue published online: 12 SEP 2005
- Article first published online: 12 SEP 2005
- Final version received June 2005.
This paper contributes to the ongoing discussion about amenity-driven rural development strategies by examining the relationship between quality of life amenities and rural economic development in the Southeast USA. The premise is that what is true at a national level may provide a partial or misleading picture when we look at particular areas. Additionally, data available at the county level can often provide richer and more precise information than what is found at the national level. The paper estimates spatial regression models using county-level data. For the most part, the results suggest that the differences in quality of life and amenities factors can explain a large portion of the trend in per capita income, employment and population change across counties in the Southeast USA.