New Report on Delta Regional Authority Impact

Posted on: August 15th, 2011 by Deborah Cox

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS) recently released a new report, Impacts of Regional Approaches to Rural Development: Initial Evidence on the Delta Regional Authority.  The report compares non-metro counties covered by the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), which began funding rural development projects in 2002, with similar counties in the same region and in the Southeast.  The report found that per capita income, net earnings, and transfer payments grew more rapidly in DRA counties than in similar non-DRA counties, and those impacts were stronger in counties in which DRA spending was higher.  The report also found that each additional dollar of DRA spending was associated with an increase of $15 in the growth of annual personal income from 2002 to 2007.  The full report is available here. (http://www NULL.ers NULL.usda NULL.gov/Publications/ERR119/)

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