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Typhoid Rates and the Public Acquisition of Private Waterwork, 1880–1920

Werner Troesken

The Journal of Economic History, 1999, vol. 59, issue 4, 927-948

Abstract: Progressive-Era reformers claimed typhoid, a waterborne disease, was more prevalent in cities with private water companies than in cities with public water companies. This article tests this claim for the 1880 to 1920 period. The evidence suggests private companies invested in water filters more often than public companies, and that switching from private to public provision of water did little to improve typhoid rates.

Date: 1999
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