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New Deal or Same Old Shuffle? The Distribution of New Deal Dollars Across Alabama

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  • J. F. Couch
  • P. M. Williams

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This paper examines the distribution of New Deal expenditures within the state of Alabama. Previous literature ignored within‐state politics of distribution, focusing on the larger issue of distribution between states. Using previously unexploited county‐level data, our results indicate that those counties whose residents enjoyed higher incomes received larger appropriations than residents of lower‐income counties. In addition, evidence is presented that suggests that Alabama’s politicians’ desire for re‐election helped to shape how dollars were allocated within the state.

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  • J. F. Couch & P. M. Williams, 1999. "New Deal or Same Old Shuffle? The Distribution of New Deal Dollars Across Alabama," Economics and Politics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 11(2), pages 213-223, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ecopol:v:11:y:1999:i:2:p:213-223
    DOI: 10.1111/1468-0343.00059
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    1. Sorensen, Todd A. & Fishback, Price & Allen, Samuel K. & Kantor, Shawn, 2007. "Migration Creation, Diversion, and Retention: New Deal Grants and Migration: 1935-1940," IZA Discussion Papers 3060, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
    2. Fishback, Price V. & Kantor, Shawn & Wallis, John Joseph, 2003. "Can the New Deal's three Rs be rehabilitated? A program-by-program, county-by-county analysis," Explorations in Economic History, Elsevier, vol. 40(3), pages 278-307, July.
    3. Fishback, Price V. & Horrace, William C. & Kantor, Shawn, 2006. "The impact of New Deal expenditures on mobility during the Great Depression," Explorations in Economic History, Elsevier, vol. 43(2), pages 179-222, April.
    4. Price V. Fishback & William C. Horrace & Shawn Kantor, 2001. "The Impact of New Deal Expenditures on Local Economic Activity: An Examination of Retail Sales, 1929-1939," NBER Working Papers 8108, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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