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dc.contributor.advisor Norton, George W. en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Alwang, Jeffrey R. en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Mills, Bradford F. en_US Mykerezi, Elton en_US 2011-08-06T14:45:39Z 2011-08-06T14:45:39Z 1992-00-00 en_US
dc.identifier.other etd-01162004-172716 en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines trends in the socio-economic well-being in rural counties where Blacks represent one-third or more of the population. In addition, this thesis also examines the impact that college education has on the economic development of these counties, with particular focus on the role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The thesis is composed of two papers: "Education and Socioeconomic Wellbeing in Racially Diverse Rural Counties", and "Economic Growth in Racially Diverse Rural Counties: The Contribution of Historically Black Colleges and Universities." The first of the two papers provides a descriptive review of the racially diverse rural counties (RDRCs) which are located exclusively in the rural south and generally have very low levels of economic well-being. On a positive note, college education levels in RDRCs are found to have increased rapidly between 1990 and 2000. County-level, regression analysis suggests that these increases were in part due to the concentration of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the region. Local investments in K__12 education are also found to be linked to county education levels. The second paper uses county subdivision level regression analysis, and finds that proximity to HBCUs influences college education amongst Blacks in RDRCs positively. Further county subdivision-level regression analysis suggests that the rate of college education attainment in these counties amongst Blacks and the general population has a significant positive impact upon income growth in RDRCs. en_US
dc.format.medium ETD en_US
dc.publisher Virginia Tech en_US
dc.relation.haspart Template1.pdf en_US
dc.relation.haspart Chapter1.pdf en_US
dc.rights The authors of the theses and dissertations are the copyright owners. Virginia Tech's Digital Library and Archives has their permission to store and provide access to these works. en_US
dc.source.uri en_US
dc.subject Public Investment en_US
dc.subject Rural South en_US
dc.subject Income Growth en_US
dc.subject Blacks en_US
dc.subject Public Education en_US
dc.subject Higher Education en_US
dc.title Education and Socio-Economic Wellbeing in Racially Diverse Rural Counties: The Contribution of Historically Black Colleges and Universities en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.department Agricultural and Applied Economics en_US MS en_US

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