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A Consumption Base Theory of Development: An Application to the Rural Cultural Economy.

Markusen, Ann.

Economic development practice is dominated by the idea that overall regional growth is a function of external sales of locally produced goods and services. The author argues that the consumption base can also serve as a growth driver, especially in small towns and rural areas. Emphasizing the role of artists as catalysts, she explores the role of three types of arts and cultural investments in fostering regional growth in rural and small town settings: artists' centers, artists' live/work spaces, and performing arts facilities. She concludes with rural cultural strategy recommendations.

Agricultural and Resource Economics Review
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Supported in part through funds provided by the Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
(36): 9-23.
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