Journal of Social Sciences

Changes in Rural Areas and Regional Development

Helen Theodoropoulou and Panagiotis Kaldis

DOI : 10.3844/jssp.2008.275.279

Journal of Social Sciences

Volume 4, Issue 4

Pages 275-279


The present study examines how regional development has been affected by social, economic and environmental changes in three regions located in central Greece. These regions were affected significantly by social and economic changes, because of substantial new infrastructure development that took place related to a ski resort and agritourism establishments. Sample data were collected on the characteristics of residents and land use in these three rural areas. The results of the study show that tourist development is very important for the socio-economic improvement of these regions. Using cross-tabulation statistical methods it was found that regions with better infrastructure attract more tourists than regions with inferior infrastructure (p-value = 0.000) and residents with higher education have better income than residents with lower education (p-value = 0.000).


© 2008 Helen Theodoropoulou and Panagiotis Kaldis. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.