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Flea-Markets and Foreign Aid: Things Aren't Always What They Seem

Flea-Markets and Foreign Aid: Things Aren't Always What They Seem

Commented Jan 18, 2012 at 15:14:04 in World

“Thanks for your note on the statistics. The challenge with state-level data is that it does not reflect the variations within each state; I tried to find regional or county-level for the number of deaths and wounded per capita, but was unsuccessful. Instead, I relied on research that suggests a strong correlation between states with lower per capita income and higher per capita war casualties, and extended that to lower per capita income regions of the country, such as the Appalachian counties of Ohio and West Virginia: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2621124/; http://www.arc.gov/research/MapsofAppalachia.asp?MAP_ID=55. You are right to point out the "southern mythology," however. One of my original sources was a series of data sheets that detailed state-by-state numbers for the Iraq and Afghan conflicts on The Guardian's Data Blog: http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/interactive/2011/jun/22/us-casualties-afghanistan-state. Drop-down options enable one to compare the number of per capita wounded, killed-in-action, etc. by state. Often, Ohio and West Virginia do fall somewhere in the middle compared with the rest of the country. Comparing the number wounded in action, however, shows West Virginia and Ohio have some of the highest numbers per capita.”