Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version

July 1997


A Selected paper submitted for the annual meeting of the Western American Agricultural Economics Association, Reno, Nevada, July 13-16, 1997.


The relative ability of rural communities to pay for sewer and water systems was analyzed. It was found that median household income, as currently used for many grant programs, is a poor measure of relative need. An alternative approach using measures of wealth and income distribution was developed.