The Bill Clinton Presidency: Economic Impact on African Americans

22 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2007

Date Written: July 31, 2007


This study evaluates the impact of federal policies and programs implemented during the Presidency of Bill Clinton on the economic condition of African Americans. The primary objective of this study is to determine if policies and programs implemented by the Clinton Administration significantly improved the economic condition of African Americans in the Delta region of the United States. The Delta region is the focus of this study for several reasons. First, it has a well documented and extensive history of poverty among African Americans. The Delta has a proportionally large African American population and federal policies and programs, historically, have been ineffective at significantly improving the economic condition of African Americans in the region. Additionally, public and private sector agencies, historically, have had limited success at altering the economic predicament of the Delta. As such, policies and programs which are effective at addressing the most complex economic problems in the most economically depressed region in the nation may have far greater implications for society as a whole. These policies and programs may be useful as models for addressing pressing economic problems across the nation and among all sectors of the U.S. population.

Keywords: African American Poverty, Poverty, TANF, Welfare Reform, Black Unemployment, Black Poverty, Mississippi Delta, Bill Clinton, Economic Development, Racism, Discrimination, JTPA, Spatial Mismatch, Working Poor Poor, African Americans

JEL Classification: D60, E20, I30, J10, J70, O10, R13, Z10

Suggested Citation

McFayden, Elgie, The Bill Clinton Presidency: Economic Impact on African Americans (July 31, 2007). Available at SSRN: or

Elgie McFayden (Contact Author)

Kentucky State University ( email )

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Frankfort, KY 40601
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