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RURAL POVERTY IN THE EUROPEAN UNION        
subjects:  Education and Training Planning Tools              
levels and types of education: Higher education, Life long learning, Tertiary education              
BERTOLINI PAOLA
MONTANARI MARCO
ROME, 2008
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Italian
The paper (in Italian) represents a first tentative analysis of the phenomenon of rural poverty in the European Union's regions. In the first part, the paper discusses the problem of defining rural areas and examines the indicators used for international comparisons, notably the OECD definition, which provides the most widely used classification of rurality. Afterwards, we propose a different typology of rural and non-rural areas, based on population density and the share of employment in agriculture. Three categories of regions ("Predominantly Urban", "Intermediate" and "Predominantly Rural") are identified and then compared with regard to the following socio-economic aspects: income, demography, education and labour market. The analysis includes the whole EU-27 territory at NUTS3 level and uses EUROSTAT data, supplemented in some cases by national data. The conclusions of the paper underline the relevance of the rural poverty phenomenon in Europe. This paper is a training tool for capacity development initiatives aimed at educators on rural development, and planners. It is also a useful tool for university professors, students and researchers of the agriculture rural development and education sectors.
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Contact: Paola bertolini
Dipartimento di Economia Politica
UNIVERSIT DEGLI STUDI DI MODENA E REGGIO EMILIA
Modena,Italy
Via Berengario 51 41100
paola.bertolini@unimore.it
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