Economic Research Report No. (ERR-238) 44 pp

September 2017

Innovation in the Rural Nonfarm Economy: Its Effect on Job and Earnings Growth, 2010-2014

This study develops a comprehensive measure of innovation for tradable nonfarm industries in both rural and urban areas, using unique survey data collected in 2014. The innovation intensity of rural industries and multi-county rural regions are used to examine the effect of innovation on post-recession recovery.

Keywords: employment growth, wage growth, net establishment change, geography of innovation, self-reported innovation, data-driven decisionmaking, survey methodology, latent class analysis

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