Can the New Deal's Three R's be Rehabilitated? A Program-by-Program, County-by-County Analyis.Price V. Fishback, Shawn Kantor, and John Joseph Wallis ,
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Explorations in Economic History
We examine the importance of Roosevelt’s “relief, recovery, and reform” motives to the distribution of New Deal funds across over 3000 US counties, program by program. The major relief programs most closely followed Roosevelt’s three Rs. Other programs were tilted more in favor of areas with higher incomes. For all programs spending for political advantage in upcoming elections was a significant factor.