Economics at your fingertips  

“The Dust Was Long in Settlingâ€: Human Capital and the Lasting Impact of the American Dust Bowl

Vellore Arthi

The Journal of Economic History, 2018, vol. 78, issue 1, 196-230

Abstract: I find that childhood exposure to the Dust Bowl, an environmental shock to health and income, adversely impacted later-life human capital—especially when exposure was in utero—increasing poverty and disability rates, and decreasing fertility and college completion rates. The event's devastation of agriculture, however, had the beneficial effect of increasing high school completion, likely by pushing children who otherwise might have worked on the farm into secondary schooling. Lastly, New Deal spending helped remediate Dust Bowl damage, suggesting that timely and substantial policy interventions can aid in human recovery from natural disasters.

Date: 2018
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (19) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link) ... type/journal_article link to article abstract page (text/html)

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

Access Statistics for this article

More articles in The Journal of Economic History from Cambridge University Press Cambridge University Press, UPH, Shaftesbury Road, Cambridge CB2 8BS UK.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Kirk Stebbing ().

Page updated 2023-03-26
Handle: RePEc:cup:jechis:v:78:y:2018:i:01:p:196-230_00