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The Enduring Impact of the American Dust Bowl: Short and Long-run Adjustments to Environmental Catastrophe

Richard Hornbeck

NBER Working Paper No. 15605
Issued in December 2009

---- Acknowledgements -----

I thank Daron Acemoglu, Esther Duflo, Claudia Goldin, Michael Greenstone, Peter Temin, and seminar participants at BU, Brussels, Chicago GSB, Federal Reserves, Harvard, HBS, LSE, Maryland, Michigan, MIT, Munich, NBER, Northwestern, Princeton, UCLA, Wharton, and Yale for their comments and suggestions; as well as David Autor, Abhijit Banerjee, Nick Bloom, Geoff Cunfer, Joe Doyle, Greg Fischer, Price Fishback, Tim Guinnane, Raymond Guiteras, Eric Hilt, Larry Katz, Gary Libecap, Bob Margo, Ben Olken, Paul Rhode, Wolfram Schlenker, Tavneet Suri, Rob Townsend, and John Wallis. I thank Lisa Sweeney, Daniel Sheehan, and the GIS Lab at MIT; as well as Christopher Compean, Lillian Fine, Phoebe Holtzman, Paul Nikandrou, and Praveen Rathinavelu for their research assistance. For supporting research expenses, I thank the MIT Schultz Fund, MIT World Economy Lab, and MIT UROP program. 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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