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The Enduring Impact of the American Dust Bowl: Short and Long-Run Adjustments to Environmental Catastrophe
The 1930's American Dust Bowl was an environmental catastrophe that greatly eroded sections of the Plains. Analyzing new data collected to identify low-, medium-, and high-erosion counties, the DustExpand
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Can the New Deal's Three R's Be Rehabilitated? A Program-by-Program, County-by-County Analysis
We examine the importance of Roosevelt's 'relief, recovery, and reform' motives to the distribution of New Deal funds across over 3,000 U.S. counties, program by program. The major relief programsExpand
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The Effect of Internal Migration on Local Labor Markets: American Cities during the Great Depression
The Great Depression offers a unique laboratory to investigate the causal impact of migration on local labor markets. We use variation in the generosity of New Deal programs and extreme weatherExpand
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The impact of New Deal expenditures on mobility during the Great Depression
Abstract Using county-level data on federal New Deal expenditures on public works and relief and Agricultural Adjustment Administration payments to farmers, this paper empirically examines the NewExpand
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Did New Deal Grant Programs Stimulate Local Economies? A Study of Federal Grants and Retail Sales During the Great Depression
Using data on New Deal grants to each U.S. county from 1933 to 1939, we estimate how relief and public works spending and payments to farmers through the Agricultural Adjustment AdministrationExpand
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In Search of the Multiplier for Federal Spending in the States During the Great Depression
If there was any time to expect a large peace-time multiplier effect from federal spending in the states, it would have been during the period from 1930 through 1940. Interest rates were near theExpand
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The Adoption of Workers' Compensation in the United States, 1900–1930*
Workers' compensation was established by a coalition of workers, employers, and insurers who anticipated gains from replacing negligence liability. Employers anticipated reduced uncertainty andExpand
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Current decomposition estimates of sex discrimination by employers are not robust. Many "unobservables," like motivation and attitudes toward work, are left unmeasured. The authors estimate sexExpand
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Banking crises and mortality during the Great Depression: evidence from US urban populations, 1929–1937
Background Previous research suggests that the Great Depression led to improvements in public health. However, these studies rely on highly aggregated national data (using fewer than 25 data points)Expand
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