On the Road: Access to Transportation Infrastructure and Economic Growth in China
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This paper updates and supersedes "The Railroad to Success: The Effect of Access to Transportation Infrastructure on Economic Growth in China" (Banerjee, Duflo and Qian, 2004), which used the same basic empirical strategy, but substantially less data. We are grateful to Naomi Lamoreaux, Tom Rawski, Thomas Piketty and the participants at the 2004 MacArthur Network for Inequality Conference in Beijing, the China Summer Institute, and the 2011 IGC Conference in London for very helpful comments. We thank Zhichao Wei, Gongwen Xu and the large team they assembled to collect the data; and Giovanni Zambotti and Ceren Baysan for invaluable assistance with GIS. We acknowledge financial support from the IGC. We acknowledge financial support from the IGC. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.