Replication data and code for: Rural Roads and Local Economic Development
- Asher, Sam (World Bank and Johns Hopkins SAIS)
- Novosad, Paul (Dartmouth College)
- Harvard University. Center for International Development
- Harvard University. Department of Economics. Warburg Fund
NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant
- Award Number: 1156205
- Award Number: GA-C3-RA1-354
International Growth Center
- Award Number: 1-VCU-VINC-VXXXX-35310
AbstractThese files contain the data and code for the journal article "Rural Roads and Local Economic Development," American Economic Review. Please start with the readme, which contains a detailed description of all files in this repository and instructions for the replication of results in the article.
Nearly one billion people worldwide live in rural areas without access to national paved road networks. We estimate the impacts of India’s $40 billion national rural road construction program using a fuzzy regression discontinuity design and comprehensive household and firm census microdata. Four years after road construction, the main effect of new feeder roads is to facilitate the movement of workers out of agriculture. However, there are no major changes in agricultural outcomes, income or assets. Employment in village firms expands only slightly. Even with better market connections, remote areas may continue to lack economic opportunities.
Technical InformationPresence of Common Scales: Indian National Classification of Occupations (2004)
2000-01-01 / 2013-12-31Time Period: Sat Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2000--Tue Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2013
Is supplement to
DOI: 10.1257/aer.20180268 (Text)
Asher, Sam, and Paul Novosad. “Rural Roads and Local Economic Development.” American Economic Review 110, no. 3 (March 2020): 797–823. https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.20180268.
- ID: 10.1257/aer.20180268 (DOI)
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