OECD Rural Policy Reviews, Italy 2009

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OECD's comprehensive review of rural policy in Italy.  On average, rural regions in Italy have some of the highest GDP per capita among the OECD countries, yet unexploited potential remains. This analysis of rural Italy reveals heterogeneous economic conditions, an increasing elderly population and a diminished focus on environmental concerns. This suggests the need for a broader rural policy approach that reflects the changing demands upon rural resources and that considers other aspects of rurality including health, education and quality of life. 


Profile of Rural Italy

This chapter focuses on the socioeconomic forces at work in rural Italy. It is divided in three sections. In the first section rural Italy is compared to other rural regions in the OECD to highlight national trends. The second section integrates the OECD classification with the one proposed by national authorities to obtain a more detailed definition of rural which mirrors the complex topology of the country. The third, and last, section presents in a systematic way the main challenges that burden the sustainability of rural regions in Italy.


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