The Determinants of Progressive Era Reform

Edited by Marc T. Law and Gary D. Libecap

in Corruption and Reform

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780226299570
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226299594 | DOI:
The Determinants of Progressive Era Reform

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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

Chapter.  10602 words. 

Subjects: Economic History

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