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Reinventing the Wheel: The Economic Benefits of Wheeled Transportation in Early British Colonial West Africa

Isaías N. Chaves, Stanley L. Engerman, James A. Robinson

NBER Working Paper No. 19673
Issued in November 2013, Revised in December 2013

---- Acknowledgments ----

We are particularly grateful to Gareth Austin, Emmanuel Akyeampong and Bill Summerhill for their detailed comments and suggestions. We also thank seminar participants at the WCFIA Conference on African Development in the Longue Durée at Akwapim, Ghana, and the Harvard Economic History Seminar, particularly Toke Aidt, Joseph Inikori, Noel Maurer, Joseph Miller, and Peter Temin. We also thank María Angélica Baustista and Leander Heldring for their invaluable research assistance. We thank the WCFIA for their financial support. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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