Farm Towns, Mining Towns, and Rural Development in the Potosi Region, Bolivia

  • Hugh A. Evans


In many less developed countries today, policy makers and analysts are increasingly turning their attention to small towns as a critical element in larger strategies to promote rural development and urban deconcentration. It is thought that small towns can play a significant role in spurring agricultural production, raising productivity, and hence rural incomes. Rising rural incomes in turn spur demand for non-farm goods and services, and are believed to create job opportunities for surplus rural labor in small towns. The prospect of new jobs in smaller towns close to those who seek them supposedly eases the pace of urban growth of the largest cities, and hence the problems associated with such growth (see, for example, Jones, 1986; Kenya, 1986; Mathur, 1982; Rondinelli, 1981, 1983; and UN Center for Human Settlements, 1985).


Small Town Unit Production Cost Rural Income Urban Function Mining Town 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hugh A. Evans
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  1. 1.School of Urban PlanningUniversity of Southern CaliforniaUSA

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