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Replication: Chankrajang Vechbanyongratana Canals and Orchards

Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data
  • Chankrajang, Thanyaporn (Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University)
  • Vechbanyongratana, Jessica (Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Chulalongkorn Economics Research Center
  • Thailand Research Fund
    • Award Number: RDG61H0004
Free Keywords
economic history; agricultural productivity; transport infrastructure
  • Abstract

    This is the replication package for: "Canals and Orchards: The Impact of Transport Network Access on Agricultural Productivity in Nineteenth-century Bangkok." We assess the impact of access to Bangkok's nineteenth-century canal network on orchard productivity using a new dataset constructed from 1880s orchard land deeds. We find that properties located adjacent to canals, which were built for purposes exogenous to orchard production, had significantly higher labor productivity than those located inland. Gaining direct access to canals led to productivity improvements through better access to markets, which in turn enhanced cultivators' welfare. We conclude, based on a method developed by Oster (2019), that unobserved selection bias is negligible, allowing for the positive impact of canal access to be interpreted as causal.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1884-01-01 / 1889-12-31
    Time Period: Tue Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1884--Tue Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 1889 (1880s)
  • 2013-01-01 / 2016-12-31
    Collection Date(s): Tue Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2013--Sat Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2016 (2013-2016)
Geographic Coverage
  • Bangkok
Sampled Universe
Orchard land deeds issued in the 1880s in Bangkok, ThailandSmallest Geographic Unit: sub-district

Update Metadata: 2020-03-15 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2020-03-15

Chankrajang, Thanyaporn; Vechbanyongratana, Jessica (2019): Replication: Chankrajang Vechbanyongratana Canals and Orchards. Version: 1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.