Out of the Outhouse: The Impact of Place-Based Policies on Dwelling Characteristics in Appalachia

19 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2017

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Daniel Grossman

West Virginia University - Department of Economics

Brad R. Humphreys

West Virginia University - Department of Economics

Jane E. Ruseski

West Virginia University

Date Written: April 10, 2017

Abstract

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) administers and partially funds investment projects designed to improve economic conditions in the Appalachian Region, an area of persistent poverty and reduced economic opportunity in the eastern US in and around the Appalachian mountains. Previous research on the effectiveness of ARC programs is mixed. We analyze the impact of ARC investment projects related to expanding sewerage and waste water treatment on dwelling characteristics. Results from a difference-in-differences model using a quasi experimental approach show that ARC investment projects improved access to running water, and increased sewer hook-ups and indoor bathrooms in dwellings.

Keywords: Appalachian Region, place-based policy, infrastructure investment

JEL Classification: R5, R23, I1, H2

Suggested Citation

Grossman, Daniel and Humphreys, Brad R. and Ruseski, Jane E., Out of the Outhouse: The Impact of Place-Based Policies on Dwelling Characteristics in Appalachia (April 10, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2952400 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2952400

Daniel Grossman

West Virginia University - Department of Economics ( email )

Morgantown, WV 26506
United States

Brad R. Humphreys (Contact Author)

West Virginia University - Department of Economics ( email )

Morgantown, WV 26506
United States

Jane E. Ruseski

West Virginia University ( email )

PO Box 6025
Morgantown, WV 26506
United States

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