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Migration And Rural Entrepreneurship, Li Yu, Georgeanne M. Artz Jul 2009

Migration And Rural Entrepreneurship, Li Yu, Georgeanne M. Artz

Economics Working Papers (2002–2016)

This paper investigates entrepreneurship of migrants and their location choice in attempt to draw connections between migration and economic development, especially the role of business formation in rural development. Rural entrepreneurship is firstly attempted to be better understood form perspectives of individual people's migration, human capital, social capital and family background. The study uses a recent survey on alumni of Iowa State University. We find that social capital and social networks established in one's home region are shown to be a strong factor in location choice of entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs from rural origins tend to choose to start their ...


Impact Of Social Capital On Food Security In Southeast Uganda, Haroon Sseguya Jan 2009

Impact Of Social Capital On Food Security In Southeast Uganda, Haroon Sseguya

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Assuring food security in Uganda is a fundamental challenge that the government and development agencies face. Recent analyses indicate that some successes have been achieved, but food insecurity gaps still exist, with implications for more concerted investments in a multiplicity of community assets to achieve better results. This study assessed whether social capital is a key asset for achievement of food security in Kamuli district, southeast Uganda. More specifically, it focused on the determinants and levels of participation in food security groups. The study also explored the status, challenges and gaps of information flows in rural communities. Potential relationships between ...


Resilience In Small Towns: An Analysis Of Economic Shocks, Social Capital, And Quality Of Life, Nicholas Lee Recker Jan 2009

Resilience In Small Towns: An Analysis Of Economic Shocks, Social Capital, And Quality Of Life, Nicholas Lee Recker

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation examines how small Iowa communities respond to sudden events that significantly impact the local economy (economic shocks). I focus my analysis on two specific types of economic shocks: 1.) internally generated and positive in regards to the local economy and 2.) externally generated and negative in regards to the local economy. As these economic shocks occur, some communities may retain their local quality of life where others do not. I focus on social capital as a pivotal concept in explaining why some communities are better able to retain their quality of life. The literature suggests that quality of ...