Out of the Outhouse: The Impact of Place-Based Policies on Dwelling Characteristics in Appalachia
19 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2017
Date Written: April 10, 2017
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
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