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Race v. Suffrage. The Determinants of Development in Mississippi

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  • Graziella Bertocchi

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  • Arcangelo Dimico

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We investigate the long term determinants of political and economic outcomes over a new data set composed of Mississippi counties. We analyze the effect of disfranchisement on voting registration at the end of the nineteenth century (1896-9), as well as the impact of voting registration on education outcomes at different points in time, namely in 1917 and in the 1950s. Finally, we turn to the determinants of a broad array of development indicators for the year 1960 and for the 1960- 2000 period. Our main conclusion is that race, rather than political institutions and education policies, is the main force driving the above outcomes.

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Paper provided by University of Modena and Reggio E., Dept. of Economics "Marco Biagi" in its series Center for Economic Research (RECent) with number 071.

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Length: pages 36
Date of creation: Sep 2011
Handle: RePEc:mod:recent:071
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