Poverty and Place: A Critical Review of Rural Poverty Literature. Working Paper by Bruce Weber and Leif Jensen of the RUPRI Rural Poverty Research Center. June, 2004.

Poverty and Place: A Critical Review of Rural Poverty Literature. Working Paper by Bruce Weber and Leif Jensen of the RUPRI Rural Poverty Research Center. June, 2004.

Poverty and Place: A Critical Review of Rural Poverty Literature

Authors Bruce Weber and Leif Jensen of the RUPRI Rural Poverty Research Center provide a critical review of the literature on rural poverty, paying particular attention to methodological and statistical challenges facing quantitative analyses. This body of research confirms the higher prevalence of poverty in nonmetro areas, and finds that while both compositional (individual) and contextual (structural) factors are at play, a complete explanation remains elusive. The authors note endogenous membership, omitted variable, and other challenges facing researchers, and conclude with suggestions for further research.

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