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

24 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2019

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Brad R. Humphreys

West Virginia University - Department of Economics

Jane E. Ruseski

West Virginia University

Date Written: January 2019

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 United States 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 hookups and indoor bathrooms in dwellings.

Keywords: Appalachian region, infrastructure investment, place‐based policy

Suggested Citation

Humphreys, Brad R. and Ruseski, Jane E., Out of the Outhouse: The Impact of Place‐Based Policies on Dwelling Characteristics in Appalachia (January 2019). Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 59, Issue 1, pp. 5-28, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3310904 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jors.12398

Brad R. Humphreys

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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