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Roads and Rural Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

Claudia N. Berg, Brian Blankespoor and Harris Selod ()

Journal of Development Studies, 2018, vol. 54, issue 5, 856-874

Abstract: This paper assesses the relationship between access to markets and land cultivation in sub-Saharan Africa. Using a geo-referenced panel over four decades (1970–2010) during which the road network was significantly improved, we find a modest impact of improved market accessibility on local cropland expansion – especially in places that are exposed to better agricultural production conditions – as well as suggestive evidence of an increase in the local intensity of cultivation. Suggestive evidence of a positive association between improved market accessibility and local GDP growth beyond the impact of cropland expansion could reflect the stimulation of non-agricultural activities.

Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2018.1430772

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