The U.S. Westward Expansion
Guillaume Vandenbroucke ()
No 06.59, IEPR Working Papers from Institute of Economic Policy Research (IEPR)
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
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Journal Article: THE U.S. WESTWARD EXPANSION (2008)
Working Paper: The U.S. Westward Expansion (2004)
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