Title

An Empirical Assessment of Federal Grants Between 1940 and 2010

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Winter 1-21-2015

Abstract

This study examines the contribution of the federal government to community and regional economic development by exclusively analyzing data on intergovernmental transfers to state and local governments. The study covers the years 1940 through 2010. The intent is to explore and define the patterns and trends within the community and regional development data and establish the extent to which incrementalism served as a basis for setting aside resources for accomplishing economic development objectives. Our findings indicate that the data patterns, trends, and relationships are nonlinear and unsupportive of the “incrementalist” perspective to resource allocation commonly found in major funds within the public sector.

Publication Title

Economic Development Quarterly

Volume

29

Issue

1

First Page

49

Last Page

64