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By James P. Ziliak

In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson went to Kentucky's Martin County to claim struggle on poverty. the next 12 months he signed the Appalachian neighborhood improvement Act (ARDA), making a state-federal partnership to enhance the region's financial clients via higher activity possibilities, larger human capital, and more desirable transportation. because the point of interest of family antipoverty efforts, Appalachia took on precise symbolic and good as monetary significance. approximately a part century later, what are the results?

In Appalachian Legacy, popular economists and demographers map out the region's present prestige. James Ziliak spearheads the research into questions equivalent to: How has Appalachia fared when you consider that 1965, and the way does it now examine to the kingdom as an entire, in key parts comparable to schooling, employment, and health and wellbeing? was once ARDA a good place-based coverage for ameliorating hassle in a zone, or is Appalachia nonetheless mired in a poverty seize? And what classes will we draw from the Appalachian experience?

This vital examine can assist analysts, policymakers, students, and neighborhood specialists parent what works in struggling with poverty and why. it's also an enormous contribution to the commercial historical past of the jap United States.

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Table 2-2 presents a similar set of calculations for each of the three regions of Appalachia in comparison to the rest of the country. In the baseline year of 1960 the deficit between Appalachia and the rest of the nation was greatest in Central Appalachia, followed by Southern Appalachia. Real per capita income was $2,752 lower in Central Appalachia, county poverty rates were an astonishing 26 percentage points higher in Central Appalachia relative to the rest of the country, and labor force growth was 20 percentage points lower owing to the negative 15 percent labor force growth between 1950 and 1960.

Brookings Review (Fall): 3–12. Widner, Ralph. 1990. ” Economic Development Quarterly 4, no. 4: 291–312. qxd 1/25/12 11:19 AM Page 45 dan a. black seth g. sanders 3 Inequality and Human Capital in Appalachia, 1960–2000 hen president lyndon b. johnson signed the Appalachian Regional Development Act in 1965 (which created the Appalachian Regional Commission), analysts could indeed classify Appalachia as economically distressed—particularly when compared to the rest of the United States. Per capita income in the region was $1,267 in 1960, 77 percent of the national average.

Black and Sanders (2004), table 5. qxd 1/25/12 11:19 AM Page 47 inequality and human capital in appalachia, 1960‒2000 47 shift in production technology that favors skilled over unskilled workers increased the relative demand for skilled workers and their earnings. As we show, in rural areas education is lower at all quantiles of the earnings distribution; a considerable number of men at the top of the earnings distribution, in fact, have relatively low levels of education historically; and at the bottom of the distribution, education levels in rural areas in general, and in Appalachia specifically, are astonishingly low.

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