Essays on Road Infrastructure, Market Integration, and Development

Hundanol Kebede
In the first chapter of this dissertation, I estimate the welfare gains from rural roads in Ethiopia. I develop a Ricardian trade model to explain how rural roads affect welfare in agricultural villages. The model captures two contrasting effects of rural roads on welfare. On one hand, decreases in trade costs lead to reallocation of village farmland to its comparative advantage crops and enable farmers to obtain higher prices for these crops. On the other...
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