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Development at the border: a study of national integration in post-colonial West Africa

Denis Cogneau (), Sandrine Mesplé-Somps () and Gilles Spielvogel

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Abstract: In Africa, boundaries delineated during the colonial era now divide young in-dependent states. By applying regression discontinuity designs to a large set of surveys covering the 1986-2001 period, this paper identities many large and significant jumps in welfare at the borders between five West-African countries around Cote d'Ivoire. Border discontinuities mirror the differences between country averages with respect to household income, connection to utilities and education. Country of residence often makes a difference, even if distance to capital city has some attenuating power. The results are consistent with a national integration process that is underway but not yet achieved.

Keywords: Geography; Institutions; Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010-09
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