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The (un)importance of the closure of village shops to rural migration patterns
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Geography.
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Geography.
2011 (English)In: International Review of Retail Distribution & Consumer Research, ISSN 0959-3969, E-ISSN 1466-4402, Vol. 21, no 2, p. 129-143Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigates the importance of local service provision for the survival of rural areas. EU Rural Development Policy includes support to village shops as a means to sustain population. Shop closing is assumed to negatively affect migration to and from the area served. We analyse quantitative data on all Swedish village shops and the migration patterns in their market areas before and after shop closure. No significant effect of shop closure on either in- or out-migration can be established, regardless of whether larger or smaller market areas are employed or whether migrants with more urban shopping habits (i.e. commuters and families with children) are excluded. Complementary interviews in three villages where the last shop has closed verify the results.

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London: Taylor & Francis , 2011. Vol. 21, no 2, p. 129-143
Keywords [en]
rural; service; migration; retailing
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Komplexa system - mikrodataanalys, Lanthandelns betydelse för befolkningsutvecklingen
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-5529DOI: 10.1080/09593969.2011.562678OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:5529DiVA, id: diva2:520363
Available from: 2011-05-11 Created: 2011-05-11 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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