Agriculture, Roads, and Economic Development in Uganda
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.
|Date of creation:||Apr 2010|
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|Publication status:||Forthcoming: Agriculture, Roads, and Economic Development in Uganda , Douglas Gollin, Richard Rogerson. in African Successes: Sustainable Growth , Edwards, Johnson, and Weil. 2015|
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