Research by the School’s Dr Alex Klein was cited in an article published in the The Wall Street Journal on 9 June. The article entitled ‘The South’s Economy Is Falling Behind: ‘All of a Sudden the Money Stops Flowing’ uses and cites historical state per capita income figures reconstructed by Alex.
“In the 1940s, per capita income in the states historians and economists generally refer to as the South—Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky—equaled 66.3% of the national average, according to historical data reconstructed by University of Kent economist Alex Klein and The Wall Street Journal. By 2009, that had climbed to 88.9%. That was the high-water mark. By 2017 it fell back to 85.9%.”
The full article can be read here: