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The Lighthouse Reform Movement in Antebellum America

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  • Lowell Johnson

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    This study investigates whether economic differences attributable to the length of a state's coastline effected Congressional voting in the 1850s on measures to reform the lighthouse system, a service often thought to be best provided by the government. Probit estimation indicates that geographic differences and party affiliation were influential in initiating an investigation of the lighthouse system.

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    Paper provided by Rutgers University, Department of Economics in its series Departmental Working Papers with number 199703.

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    Date of creation: 08 Apr 1997
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    Handle: RePEc:rut:rutres:199703

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    Keywords: Lighthouses; roll-call regression;

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