Demographic Change and the Human Capital Endowment of Rural America

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Brief provides an overview of facts and issues pertaining to demographic change and human capital levels in rural America.

Brief is divided into for sections (1) basic facts on human capital levels in rural America and how these levels have been changing over time; (2) the relationship of demographic trends to human capital levels; (3) the relationship of human capital levels to the development prospects of rural areas; and (4) key research issues for the 1990’s that emerge from (1)-(3).

Author does not purport findings but directs attention to several areas that require further research: content of rural education differing from rural, causal mechanisms underlying the outmigration of highly educated to metro areas, how local educational levels affect economic growth in rural areas, and what are the roots of weak demand in rural areas?

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