Michael J. Andrews
75 Lexington St.
Belmont, MA 02478
Institutional Affiliation: NBER
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NBER Working Papers and Publications
|September 2019||Local Effects of Land Grant Colleges on Agricultural Innovation and Output|
To estimate the local effect of establishing land grant colleges, I compare locations that receive a land grant college to “runner-up” counties that were in contention to receive the land grant but did not for as-good-as-random reasons. I find that establishing a land grant college causes an increase in local invention, including in particular agricultural inventions, in college counties relative to the runner-up counties. But land grant college counties see only small and imprecisely estimated improvements in agricultural performance, measured by yield and output, relative to runner-up counties. I discuss several alternative interpretations of these findings. By comparing the establishment of land grant colleges to non-land grant colleges, I show that land grants appear to cause smaller i...
|August 2019||Local Effects of Land Grant Colleges on Agricultural Innovation and Output|
in Economics of Research and Innovation in Agriculture, Petra Moser, editor