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Rural economics is the study of rural economies, including:
- farm and non-farm industry.
- economic growth, development, and change 
- size and spatial distribution of production and household units and interregional trade
- land use
- housing and non-housing as to supply and demand
- migration and (de)population
- government policies as to development, investment, regulation, and transportation
- general-equilibrium and welfare analysis, for example, system interdependencies and rural-urban income disparities.
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• Karla Hoff, Avishay Braverman, and Joseph E. Stiglitz, ed. (1993). Economics of Rural Organization: Theory, Practice and Policy. Oxford University Press for the World Bank.
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• JEL classification codes#Urban, rural, and regional economics JEL: R Subcategories
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