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Corruption and ReformLessons from America's Economic History$
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Edward L. Glaeser and Claudia Goldin

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226299570

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226299594.001.0001

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The Determinants of Progressive Era Reform

The Determinants of Progressive Era Reform

The Pure Food and Drugs Act of 1906

(p.319) 10 The Determinants of Progressive Era Reform
Corruption and Reform
Marc T. Law, Gary D. Libecap
University of Chicago Press

This chapter explores the origins and effects of the Pure Food and Drugs Act of 1906 in the U.S. It explains that the Act provided regulators unprecedented authority over interstate trade in food and drug products. This chapter investigates the timing and nature of support for the Act and evaluates the early enforcement of this law and its effects on consumer welfare. Both the narrative and statistical evidence suggest that a nuanced combination of the three main views of Progressive Era reform explains the adoption of the law.

Keywords:   Pure Food and Drugs Act, U.S., regulators, consumer welfare, narrative evidence, statistical evidence, Progressive Era

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