Networks and Rural Development: Theory and Empirical Applications

Project: ADVANCED-EVAL
Contact: Christian Henning, Geraldine Henningsen, Nana Zarnekow and Christoph Böttcher
Start: 03/2006
End: 03/2009
Finance: EU-Projekt ADVANCED-EVAL
Content: The working group Net-RD analyses the role of social networks in rural development. At the theoretical level new approaches in economic sociology and economics analysing the impact of networks on individual behaviour and corresponding social outcomes is applied to understand rural development. In particular, the impact of social networks on cooperation and on agents´ belief formation is analysed. To facilitate an empirical application of developed network theories relevant social networks are related to economic and political performance at the micro and macro level via induced transaction costs. Empirical applications include the collection of relevant network data via the business, household, and labour markets, and a policy network survey in selected high and low performing regions. Based on collected data a comparison of network structures in high and low performing regions are carried out. Moreover, econometric estimations assessing the role of social network structures on economic and political performance are conducted. WP 4 includes two subprojects 4.1 and 4.2.
Region: Poland and Slovak Republic
Publications:
  • Jerzy Michalek: Application of the Rural Development Index and the Generalized Propensity Score Matching to the Evaluation of the Impact of the SAPARD Programme in Poland and Slovakia.
    ADVANCED-EVAL Working Paper Series WP 3-3 [D 12b], Institute of Agricultural Economics, University of Kiel, Germany 2009
  • Jerzy Michalek and Nana Zarnekow: Construction and Application of the Rural Development Index to Analysis of Rural Regions in Poland and Slovakia.
    ADVANCED-EVAL Working Paper WP3-4, Institute of Agricultural Economics, University of Kiel, Germany 2009
  • Jerzy Michalek and Nana Zarnekow: Empirical Measurement of Quality of Life in Rural Areas in Slovakia Using the RDI.
    ADVANCED-EVAL Working Paper Series Regional Report RR3-1 [D 4a], Institute of Agricultural Economics, University of Kiel, Germany 2008
  • Peter Kaufmann and Rod Bond and and Jerzy Michalek: Derivation and Empirical Application of a Rural Development Index Measuring Quality of Life in Rural Areas Thematic Report: Part 1.
    ADVANCED-EVAL Working Paper Series Thematic Report WP3-2 [D 12a], Institute of Agricultural Economics, University of Kiel, Germany 2008
  • Jerzy Michalek and Nana Zarnekow and Zdeno Stulrajter and Leszek Klank: Cartographic and Statistical Analysis of RDI in Poland and Slovakia.
    ADVANCED-EVAL Working Paper Series Regional Report RR3-2 [D 11], Institute of Agricultural Economics, University of Kiel, Germany 2008
  • Peter Kaufmann and Sigrid Stagl and Katarzyna Zawalinska and Jerzy Michalek: Measuring Quality of Life in Rural Europe - A Review of Conceptual Foundations.
    Eastern European, 13: 1-21, 2007
  • Peter Kaufmann and Sigrid Stagl and Katarzyna Zawalinska and and Jerzy Michalek: Construction and the Measurement of the Rural Development Index Part I: Conceptual Foundations of Indicators for Quality of Life Measurement.
    ADVANCED-EVAL Working Paper Series Conceptual Report CR3-1 [D 3a], University of Kiel 2007
  • Jerzy Michalek: Construction and the Measurement of the Rural Development Index Application to Evaluation of RD Policies (Part II).
    ADVANCED-EVAL Working Paper Series Conceptual Reports CR3-2 [D 3b], University of Kiel 2007
Keywords: Quality of life, macro econometric evaluation methods
Approach: Qunatitative network analyses based on own business, farm, household and elite surveys; econometric estimation based on secondary regional data surveys and own surveys.
Data acquisition: Regional statistics, own business, farm, household and elite surveys.