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Moving to Higher Ground: Migration Response to Natural Disasters in the Early Twentieth Century
Areas differ in their propensity to experience natural disasters. Exposure to disaster risks can be reduced either through migration (i.e., self-protection) or through public infrastructureExpand
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The Effect of Natural Disasters on Economic Activity in Us Counties: A Century of Data
More than 100 natural disasters strike the United States every year, causing extensive fatalities and damages. We construct the universe of US federally designated natural disasters from 1920 toExpand
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Assessing the Importance of Tiebout Sorting: Local Heterogeneity from 1850 to 1990
This paper argues that long-run trends in geographic segregation are inconsistent with models where residential choice depends solely on local public goods (the Tiebout hypothesis). We develop anExpand
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The Impact of the Boll Weevil, 1892–1932
The boll weevil is America's most celebrated agricultural pest. We analyze new county-level panel data to provide sharp estimates of the time path of the insect's effects on the southern economy. WeExpand
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RESHAPING THE LANDSCAPE: THE IMPACT AND DIFFUSION OF THE TRACTOR IN AMERICAN AGRICULTURE, 1910–1960
This article analyzes the revolutionary impact the tractor had on rural America and examines the economic, technological, and institutional factors governing the machine's diffusion. OurExpand
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An Impossible Undertaking: The Eradication of Bovine Tuberculosis in the
In 1917, after scientific breakthroughs allowed for the early detection of bovine tuberculosis, the USDA began a campaign to eradicate the disease. Agents inspected nearly every cattle farm in theExpand
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Induced Innovation in American Agiculture: A Reconsideration
This paper investigates the role of induced innovation in the development of American agriculture from 1880 to 1980. The induced innovation hypothesis, most closely associated with the work of HayamiExpand
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The Red Queen and the Hard Reds: Productivity Growth in American Wheat, 1800-1940
The standard treatment of U.S. agriculture asserts that, before the 1930s, productivity growth was almost exclusively the result of mechanization rather than biological innovations. This paper showsExpand
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Biological Innovation and Productivity Growth in the Antebellum Cotton Economy
The Cliometrics literature on slave efficiency has generally focused on static questions. We take a decidedly more dynamic approach. Drawing on the records of 142 plantations with 509 crops years, weExpand
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