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NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Nathaniel Baum-Snow

Rotman School of Management
University of Toronto
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May 2018Does Investment in National Highways Help or Hurt Hinterland City Growth?
with J. Vernon Henderson, Matthew A. Turner, Qinghua Zhang, Loren Brandt: w24596
We investigate the effects of the recently constructed Chinese national highway system on local economic outcomes. On average, roads that improve access to local markets have small or negative effects on prefecture economic activity and population. However, these averages mask a distinct pattern of winners and losers. With better regional highways, economic output and population increase in regional primates at the expense of hinterland prefectures. Highways also affect patterns of specialization. With better regional highways, regional primates specialize more in manufacturing and services, while peripheral areas lose manufacturing but gain in agriculture. Better access to international ports promotes greater population, GDP, and private sector wages on average, effects that are probably ...

Published: Nathaniel Baum-Snow & J. Vernon Henderson & Matthew A. Turner & Qinghua Zhang & Loren Brandt, 2018. "Does Investment in National Highways Help or Hurt Hinterland City Growth?," Journal of Urban Economics, .

October 2014Causal Inference in Urban and Regional Economics
with Fernando Ferreira: w20535
Recovery of causal relationships in data is an essential part of scholarly inquiry in the social sciences. This chapter discusses strategies that have been successfully used in urban and regional economics for recovering such causal relationships. Essential to any successful empirical inquiry is careful consideration of the sources of variation in the data that identify parameters of interest. Interpretation of such parameters should take into account the potential for their heterogeneity as a function of both observables and unobservables.
 
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