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Some twenty-one months before the November 2010 elections, the United States Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the primary goals of which were to preserve and create jobs, promote economic recovery, and to assist those most impacted by the recession. Previous studies have questioned whether political considerations played a role in the allocation of New Deal stimulus spending during the Roosevelt administration. The same question can be asked of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009; was the $275 billion in government grants, contracts, and loans allocated solely in accordance with the legislationâs stated goals, or, considering the importance of an election held in a decennial census year and the subsequent congressional redistricting, did political determinates also play a role in how the funds were distributed?

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Tony S. Caporale

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Economics and Finance


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Same Old (New) Deal? Examining the Determinates of ARRA Spending