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The U.S. Westward Expansion

Guillaume Vandenbroucke ()

No 06.59, IEPR Working Papers from Institute of Economic Policy Research (IEPR)

Abstract: The U.S. economic development in the nineteenth century was characterized by the westward movement of population and the accumulation of productive land in the West. This paper presents a model of migration and land improvement to identify the quantitatively important forces driving this phenomena. Two forces are key: the decrease in transportation costs induced the westward migration, while population growth was responsible for the investment in productive land.

Keywords: Westward Expansion; Land-improvement; Migration (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E1 J1 O1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 35 pages
Date: 2006-12
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