COSTS AND BENEFITS OF PUBLIC PROGRAMS TO BACK-TO-THE -LAND AND CONVENTIONAL RURAL HOUSEHOLDS

Migration of people with self-sufficient life-style into conventionally oriented rural communities raises economic, as well as social, issues. Benefit-cost analysis was used to examine the fiscal impacts of eight public programs on two types of residents in an Idaho rural community. Data were obtained from a household survey and local, state, and federal revenue collections and expenditures. “Back-to-the-land” residents paid fewer costs than did conventional rural dwellers, but also received fewer benefits. Age and income were lower in the back-to-the-land population, however, which may have been primarily responsible for that group’s smaller educational benefits (the largest program examined) and tax payments.


Issue Date:
1978-07
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Record Identifier:
http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/32408
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/32408
Published in:
Western Journal of Agricultural Economics, Volume 03, Number 1
Page range:
51-58
Total Pages:
8




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