Natural amenities and their effects on migration along the urban-rural continuum

Guangqing Chi, David W. Marcouiller

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Abstract

The importance of natural amenities in promoting development and population change has been addressed in a large body of literature with recent studies identifying rather obvious spatial heterogeneity in the effects of natural amenities on migration. This said, the potential variation along the urban-rural continuum has not been addressed empirically. In this study, we examine and compare the migration effects of natural amenities in five specific urban-rural continuum types at the minor civil division level in the US state of Wisconsin. Results of spatial analysis suggest that natural amenities do indeed have differing effects on migration along this urban-rural continuum. Overall, natural amenities have the largest effect on in-migration into rural areas adjacent to metro areas and no effect on in-migration into urban areas. The effects of natural amenities on in-migration into remote rural areas rely more on growth trends within these regions. These findings have important implications for rural development, land use policy, and natural resource management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)861-883
Number of pages23
JournalAnnals of Regional Science
Volume50
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2013

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In: Annals of Regional Science, Vol. 50, No. 3, 01.06.2013, p. 861-883.

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