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September 2019Local Effects of Land Grant Colleges on Agricultural Innovation and Output
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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 2019Local Effects of Land Grant Colleges on Agricultural Innovation and Output
in Economics of Research and Innovation in Agriculture, Petra Moser, editor
 
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