Quality of Life in Rural Regions: Derication and Econometric Estimation of a Rural Development Index

Project: ADVANCED-EVAL
Contact: Nana Zarnekow
Start: 08/2007
End: 2011
Finance: EU-Projekt ADVANCED-EVAL
Content: The derivation of ex-post and ex-ante evaluation tools that combine innovative econometric methods, i.e. propensity score matching, double difference methodology and generalized matching approaches. Comparison of different approaches measuring quality of life and deduction of a quality of life index, recognizing features of rural regions. Furthermore, the relation between migration behavior and the regional quality of life is investigated. A Rural Development Index (RDI) is developed and estimated which allows assessment of an overall impact of RD programmes at the regional level (ex-ante and ex-post applications).
Region: Poland and Slovakia
Publications:
  • Christian H. C. A. Henning and Nana Zarnekow: Applied Generalized Matching for Ex-ante Evaluation of RD-Policies: A Critical Assessment.
  • 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
  • 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
Keywords: Rural Development, Ex-Ante and Ex-Post Evaluation, Matching, Quality of Life
Approach: Area of research are �applied and agricultural economics�; different matching techniques are applied for ex-ante and ex-post evaluation of rural development programmes. Spatial econometric techniques serve to investigate the relation of migration behavior and regional quality of life; furthermore, the data envelopment analysis is used to receive technical efficiency values which result in a quality of life measure.
Data acquisition: Census-Data