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Thesis - Open Access

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Master of Science (MS)




The development and conservation of the nation's natural resources has often been associated with multi-million dollar investment projects. Such projects have generally been undertaken by the federal government and justified on an ex ante basis in the. Expectation that various individual and social benefits would accrue. In recent years-an increasing interest in the economic and social well-being of people in different regions has been expressed by different levels of government. Federal agencies administering natural resource projects have accordingly expressed a renewed interest in the regional economic impact of large scale resource projects. This study centered on an ex post evaluation of such projects as they related to the South Dakota economy. The projects under study were the dams and reservoirs of the Missouri River Basin Plan in South Dakota. Specifically, the objectives of the study were: 1. To delineate by cluster analysis South Dakota counties on the basis of relative growth rates for the 1940-1950, 1950-1960, and.1960-1970 time periods. 2. To compare the growth rates for a selected area for a given period with that of the same area for another time period, and to compare the growth rates of selected areas with those of other areas during the same time period. 3. To suggest possible causes for variances in subregional growth rates and in periodic growth rates and to relate, if possible, their causes to projects on the Missouri River in South Dakota.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Economic surveys -- South Dakota

South Dakota -- Economic conditions

South Dakota State University Theses



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South Dakota State University