Federal highway spending and economic growth in Appalachia /
Federal Highway Spending and Economic Growth in Appalachia
James Herbert Noonan
Appalachia has always struggled economically due to three main factors:
absentee ownership, isolation, and stereotyping. In 1965, Congress created the
Appalachian Regional Commission with the mission of providing economic
development programs to increase development in the region. Federal highway
spending was seen as a key to improving the Appalachian infrastructure.
Today, the debate continues on the effectiveness of federal highway spending in
Appalachia. The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of federal highway
spending on socioeconomic status in Appalachia by analyzing the effects of spending
during an economic recovery from 1983-89 and recession 1989-92. Three constructs
determine increases in socioeconomic status: per capita income growth, civilian
employment growth, and non-farm employment growth.
The data indicates that federal highway spending in Appalachia has little to no
effect on increasing socioeconomic status in the region. The most important factor
indicating current growth in Appalachia is growth during the previous economic cycle.
School:West Virginia University
School Location:USA - West Virginia
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:roads appalachian region
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