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Congressional Allocation of Federal Funds: The Job Training Partnership Act of 1982

Shirley Svorny ()

Public Choice, 1996, vol. 87, issue 3-4, 229-42

Abstract: This paper examines the allocation of federal funds to the fifty states through the Job Training Partnership Act of 1982 (JTPA). Targeted at the economically disadvantaged, its allocation formula nevertheless places heavy weights on unemployment measures unrelated to the target group. Evidence is presented that supports the premise that JTPA formula allocations across states reflect political influence. This is the first study to find evidence of a relationship between state representative legislative tenure and federal fund allocations. The importance of a state's political power in influencing federal fund allocations is also revealed. Copyright 1996 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

Date: 1996
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