Thursday, April 21, 2011

Income inequality growing; here's the rural angle

"Income inequality is increasing between counties in both rural and urban America. Income gains in richer counties are outpacing gains in poorer places. Meanwhile, there is growing evidence that inequality has a number of ill effects on society," reports the Daily Yonder, based on a study by Roberto Gallardo and Lionel "Bo" Bealieu of the Southern Rural Development Center at Mississippi State University.

"Rural counties are growing more unequal, but they have less income inequality than cities," Galllardo and Beaulieu write. "Rural counties, be they at the upper or lower end of the per-capita market income continuum, could not keep pace with the income growth experienced by metro counties." (Read more)

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