Gaps in Our Understanding of Rural Communities

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Paper outlines efforts by the Rural Economic Policy Program to qualitatively expand base of knowledge about rural conditions relating to labor and income distribution.

Author calls for increased investment in qualitative research alongside longitudinal data and studies before designing programs and putting forth policy solutions for rural America. Author highlights need to create accurate designation of rural areas (e.g., rural areas near metropolitan centers vs remote rural areas)

Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group