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

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  • Abhijit Banerjee

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  • Esther Duflo

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  • Nancy Qian

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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.[BREAD Working Paper No. 325]. URL:[http://ipl.econ.duke.edu/bread/papers/working/325.pdf].

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Keywords: Infrastructure; Growth; Inequality; Firms; development; historical cities; China; economic benefits; per capita; GDP growth; Japan; railroads; river networks; economic model; transportation networks; agricultural hinterland;

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