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Did Big Government's Largesse Help the Locals? The Implications of WWII Spending for Local Economic Activity, 1939-1958

Joseph Cullen, Price V. Fishback

NBER Working Paper No. 12801
Issued in December 2006

---- Acknowledgements -----

We would like to thank Todd Sorensen, Trevor Kollman, Jennifer Yelle, Bill McNerney, Peter Vu, Doug Larue, Josh Easterlin, and Allison Johnson for their invaluable help in organizing and computerizing the data. We are grateful to Martin Feldstein and the National Bureau of Economic Research for financial support of this project. The National Science Foundation provided grant support to fund collection of the data from the New Deal project used in this paper. Any analysis and interpretations in the paper should not be seen as representing the views of those organizations. We received invaluable advice on earlier versions of this paper in presentations at the University of Arizona Economics Department, University of Wales at Swansea, Warwick University, Lehigh University, Columbia University, Oxford University, Seoul National University, the 2007 Economic History Association Meetings, and from the following people: Manuela Angelucci, Stephen Broadberry, Alan Dye, Alphonso Flores-Lagunes, Robert Higgs, Kei Hirano, William Horrace, Shawn Kantor, Ronald Oaxaca, Anthony O’Brien, Paul Rhode, Todd Sorensen, Bishnupriya Gupta, Knick Harley, John Treble, Jane Humphries, Richard Sutch, Richard Sylla, and John Wallis. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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