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Can the New Deal's Three R's Be Rehabilitated? A Program-by-Program, County-by-County Analysis

Price V. Fishback, Shawn Kantor, John Joseph Wallis

NBER Working Paper No. 8903
Issued in April 2002
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We examine the importance of Roosevelt's 'relief, recovery, and reform' motives to the distribution of New Deal funds across over 3,000 U.S. counties, program by program. The major relief programs most closely followed Roosevelt's three R's. Other programs were tilted more in favor of areas with higher incomes. For all programs spending for political advantage in upcoming elections was a significant factor. Roosevelt's successful reelections were based on developing specific programs for a broad range of constituents, delivering on his stated goals, but also spending more at the margin for political purposes.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w8903

Published: Fishback, Price V. & Kantor, Shawn & Wallis, John Joseph, 2003. "Can the New Deal's three Rs be rehabilitated? A program-by-program, county-by-county analysis," Explorations in Economic History, Elsevier, vol. 40(3), pages 278-307, July. citation courtesy of

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