Sources of Structural Change in Peripheral Rural Areas: The Case of the Western Isles, 1988/89 to 1997

Deborah Jane Roberts, K. J. Thomson

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    The paper considers the sources of structural change in peripheral rural areas, arguing that a greater understanding of sources of change would aid rural development policy makers. Adopting a demand-side perspective, changes in real output are decomposed to distinguish between those brought about by changes in technology, changes in local sourcing patterns and changes in final demand. Empirical analysis focuses on the economy of the Western Isles in Scotland. Results highlight the importance of export demand but also a wide variability between sectors in the direction and magnitude of the different drivers of change. A number of policy implications are drawn in the light of the findings.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)61-70
    Number of pages9
    JournalRegional Studies
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2003


    • rural economies
    • structural change
    • diversification
    • input-output analysis
    • Western Isles
    • rural development policy
    • regional economic-instability
    • input-output perspective
    • United-States
    • growth
    • stability

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