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Out of the Outhouse: The Impact of Place-Based Policies on Dwelling Characteristics in Appalachia

Daniel Grossman, Brad Humphreys and Jane Ruseski
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Daniel Grossman: West Virginia University, Department of Economics

No 17-10, Working Papers from Department of Economics, West Virginia University

Abstract: The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) administers and partially funds investment projects designed to improve economic conditions in the Appalachian Region, an area of persistent poverty and reduced economic opportunity in the eastern US in and around the Appalachian mountains. Previous research on the effectiveness of ARC programs is mixed. We analyze the impact of ARC investment projects related to expanding sewerage and waste water treatment on dwelling characteristics. Results from a difference-in-differences model using a quasi experimental approach show that ARC investment projects improved access to running water, and increased sewer hook-ups and indoor bathrooms in dwellings.

Keywords: Appalachian Region; place-based policy; infrastructure investment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R5 R23 I1 H2 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 20 pages
Date: 2017-07
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