Séminaire

Roads and the Geography of Economic Activities in Mexico

Theophile Bougna (The World Bank - IBRD - IDA)

14 septembre 2017, 11h00–12h30

Toulouse

Salle MF 323

Development, Labor and Public Policy Seminar

Résumé

This paper estimates the impacts of road improvements on local employment structure and specialization in Mexico over the period 1985-2016. Using geo-referenced panel data, it measures access to domestic markets for each locality and time as a weighted sum of surrounding populations (market access) or incomes (market potential), with weights inversely related to travel time or travel cost to surrounding areas. Instrumenting for road placement endogeneity and addressing the recursion problem inherent in market access regressions, the analysis finds significant and positive causal effects of improved accessibility on employment and specialization. Heterogeneous effects are found across sectors and regions.

Référence

Theophile Bougna (The World Bank - IBRD - IDA), « Roads and the Geography of Economic Activities in Mexico », Development, Labor and Public Policy Seminar, Toulouse : TSE, 14 septembre 2017, 11h00–12h30, salle MF 323.

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