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Frye, Dustin, and Parker, Dominic P. Data and Code for: INDIGENOUS SELF-GOVERNANCE AND DEVELOPMENT ON AMERICAN INDIAN RESERVATIONS . Nashville, TN: American Economic Association [publisher], 2021. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2021-05-11.

Project Description

Summary:  View help for Summary The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People promotes self-governance as a matter of justice rather than economics. How will self-governance affect the incomes of indigenous people? To gain insight, we compare long-run income growth on American Indian reservations with and without federal oversight through the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act. Reservations with more autonomy had 12-15% higher income per capita in 2016, even conditional on 1930s income. However, these more autonomous reservations also experienced wider income variance with more downside risk. The findings are consistent with theory emphasizing the development tradeoffs between local and centralized governance.

Scope of Project

Subject Terms:  View help for Subject Terms indigenous populations; governance
JEL Classification:  View help for JEL Classification
      H11 Structure, Scope, and Performance of Government
      O12 Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
Data Type(s):  View help for Data Type(s) program source code

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