This paper explores a set of hypotheses concerning the performance of economic institutions in two of Chile's rural areas in relation to the different types of markets to which the areas' products are directed. One of the areas is an economically dynamic one, producing fresh agricultural products for export; the other, less dynamic, features agriculture and forestry. The paper begins with a brief description of the national economic context, emphasizing changes in rural employment and economic development as it affects the reduction and distribution of poverty. The second section briefly presents the information available on the two areas, describes the analytical procedures used, and concludes with the results of quantitative and qualitative analyses based on secondary information as well as on interviews in both areas.
IPPG Discussion Paper Series Number Fifteen B, DFID, London, UK, 9 pp.