Can the New Deal's Three R's Be Rehabilitated? A Program-by-Program, County-by-County Analysis
Price V. Fishback
University of Arizona; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
John Joseph Wallis
University of Maryland - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
NBER Working Paper No. w8903
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 programs most closely followed Roosevelt's three R's. Other programs were tilted more in favor of areas with higher incomes. For all programs spending for political advantage in upcoming elections was a significant factor. Roosevelt's successful reelections were based on developing specific programs for a broad range of constituents, delivering on his stated goals, but also spending more at the margin for political purposes.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 60working papers series
Date posted: March 27, 2003
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