The COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Implications for Rural Economies

Jeremy Phillipson, Matthew Gorton, Roger Turner, Mark Shucksmith, Katie Aiken-McDermott, Francisco Areal, Paul Cowie, Carmen Hubbard, Sara Maioli, Ruth McAreavey, Diogo Souza Monteiro, Robert Newbery, Luca Panzone, Francis Rowe, Sally Shortall

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This paper presents a rapid assessment of current and likely future impacts of the COVID19 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.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3973
Number of pages9
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 12 May 2020


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