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On the Road: Access to Transportation Infrastructure and Economic Growth in China

Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Nancy Qian ()

No 8874, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: This paper estimates the effect of access to transportation networks on regional economic outcomes in China over a twenty-period of rapid income growth. It addresses the problem of the endogenous placement of networks by exploiting the fact that these networks tend to connect historical cities. Our results show that proximity to transportation networks have a moderate positive causal effect on per capita GDP levels across sectors, but no effect on per capita GDP growth. We provide a simple theoretical framework with empirically testable predictions to interpret our results. We argue that our results are consistent with factor mobility playing an important role in determining the economic benefits of infrastructure development.

Keywords: firms; growth; inequality; infrastructure (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D2 O4 R4 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-geo, nep-tra, nep-tre and nep-ure
Date: 2012-03
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