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The COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Implications for Rural Economies

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Centre for Rural Economy Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK
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Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST, UK
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Sustainability 2020, 12(10), 3973; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12103973
Received: 9 April 2020 / Revised: 27 April 2020 / Accepted: 8 May 2020 / Published: 12 May 2020
This paper presents a rapid assessment of current and likely future impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak on rural economies given their socio-economic characteristics. Drawing principally on current evidence for the UK, as well as lessons from the 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak and the 2007/8 financial crises, it outlines the likely key demand and supply effects, paying attention to the situation for agriculture as well as discussing the implications for rural communities. A distinction is made between the effects on businesses offering goods and services for out-of-home as opposed to in-home consumption. Gendered dimensions are also noted as likely business and household strategies for coping and adaptation. The paper concludes with a brief mapping of a research agenda for studying the longer-term effects of COVID-19 on rural economies. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; rural economies; resilience; rural businesses COVID-19; rural economies; resilience; rural businesses
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Phillipson, J.; Gorton, M.; Turner, R.; Shucksmith, M.; Aitken-McDermott, K.; Areal, F.; Cowie, P.; Hubbard, C.; Maioli, S.; McAreavey, R.; Souza-Monteiro, D.; Newbery, R.; Panzone, L.; Rowe, F.; Shortall, S. The COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Implications for Rural Economies. Sustainability 2020, 12, 3973.

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