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Agriculture, Roads, and Economic Development in Uganda

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  • Douglas Gollin
  • Richard Rogerson

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A large fraction of Uganda's population continues to earn a living from quasi-subsistence agriculture. This paper uses a static general equilibrium model to explore the relationships between high transportation costs, low productivity, and the size of the quasi-subsistence sector. We parameterize the model to replicate some key features of the Ugandan data, and we then perform a series of quantitative experiments. Our results suggest that the population in quasi-subsistence agriculture is highly sensitive both to agricultural productivity levels and to transportation costs. The model also suggests positive complementarities between improvements in agricultural productivity and transportation.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 15863.

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Date of creation: Apr 2010
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Publication status: published as Doug Gollin, Richard Rogerson. "The Greatest of All Improvements: Roads, Agriculture, and Economic Development in Africa," in David N. Weil, Sebastian Edwards, and Simon Johnson, editors, "African Successes #3" (2014)
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  1. Pina, Gilson M. G., 2013. "Mudança estrutural e a relação entre os setores em Cabo Verde
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  2. Trevor Tombe, 2012. "Structural Change and Regional Convergence: The Case of Declining Transport Costs," Working Papers tt0061, Wilfrid Laurier University, Department of Economics, revised 2012.
  3. Trevor Tombe, 2014. "The Missing Food Problem," Working Papers 2014-35, Department of Economics, University of Calgary, revised 05 Feb 2014.
  4. Bah, El-hadj M. & Fang, Lei, 2011. "Impact of the business environment on output and productivity in Africa," MPRA Paper 32225, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. Trevor Tombe, 2010. "The Missing Food Problem: How Low Agricultural Imports Contribute to International Income and Productivity Differences," Working Papers tecipa-416, University of Toronto, Department of Economics.

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