The Enduring Impact of the American Dust Bowl: Short and Long-Run Adjustments to Environmental Catastrophe

@article{Hornbeck2009TheEI,
  title={The Enduring Impact of the American Dust Bowl: Short and Long-Run Adjustments to Environmental Catastrophe},
  author={Richard A. Hornbeck},
  journal={Economic History eJournal},
  year={2009}
}
  • R. Hornbeck
  • Published 1 December 2009
  • Economics
  • Economic History eJournal
The 1930’s American Dust Bowl was an environmental catastrophe, associated with massive erosion across parts of the Great Plains. Analyzing new data collected to identify low-, medium-, and high-erosion counties, the Dust Bowl is estimated to have substantially reduced agricultural land values and revenues. During the Great Depression and through at least the 1950’s, there was limited reallocation of farmland away from activities that became relatively less productive. Long-run agricultural… 

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