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The Swedish countryside in the neo-urban knowledge economy
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Economics, Finance and Statistics. KTH, Miljöstrategisk analys (fms).
Swedish Agency for Growth Policy Analysis.
2013 (English)In: Regional Science Policy & Practice, E-ISSN 1757-7802, Vol. 5, no 2, 225-236 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As in other countries, urbanization and industrialization in Sweden was two sides of the same coin. To a large extent, the Swedish urbanization took place at a low level with the emergence of many small towns. In the last decades, a redistribution of the urban population to bigger cities has happened. This neo-urbanization is interpreted as a consequence of the breakthrough of the knowledge economy. This paper focuses on the ‘backside of the coin’ of this neo-urbanization, namely, how the rural areas have been affected. Westlund found that the countryside's population growth 1990–1997 primarily could be explained by income and the size of the local labour market. In this paper, we examine the current trends of population development in different age groups and extend the possible explanatory variables to among others, some variables measuring local social capital. Our main result is that it does not seem to be rural amenities per se that explain rural population growth in certain areas, but the rural areas' relative accessibility to urban amenities. This rural dependency on urban services and goods is a major challenge for rural policy in the neo-urban knowledge economy.

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Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013. Vol. 5, no 2, 225-236 p.
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Urban-rural relations, rural population change, metropolitan growth, counterurbanization, amenities
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Social Sciences Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-26137DOI: 10.1111/rsp3.12006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-26137DiVA: diva2:795125
Available from: 2013-12-16 Created: 2015-03-12 Last updated: 2015-03-16Bibliographically approved

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