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Key Players in Economic Development

Ashani Amarasinghe (), Roland Hodler, Paul Raschky () and Yves Zenou ()

No 13071, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: This paper analyzes the role of networks in the spatial diffusion of local economic shocks in Africa. We show that road and ethnic connectivity are particularly important factors for diffusing economic spillovers over longer distances. We then determine the key players, i.e., which districts are key in propagating local economic shocks across Africa. Using these results, we conduct counterfactual policy exercises to evaluate the potential gains from policies that increase economic activity in specific districts or improve road connectivity between districts.

Keywords: transportation; natural resources; key player centrality; spatial spillovers; networks; Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O13 O55 R12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 72 pages
Date: 2020-03
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dev, nep-geo, nep-net and nep-ure
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