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Authors: 
Peters, Jörg
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Ruhr Economic Papers 628
Abstract: 
This paper reviews the book 'Infrastructure and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa' by Antonio Estache and Quentin Wodon. The authors summarize the political debate on infrastructure policy in Africa in a very compelling and knowledgeable way and make a convincing case for pro-poor subsidies. Yet, this review points out two reservations: The evidence on the welfare enhancing benefits of infrastructure investments is less conclusive than suggested in the book. The book also misses out on the recent technological developments that enable the provision of decentralized services, which might render classical network based infrastructure partly redundant in the future.
Subjects: 
electrification
road infrastructure
water and sanitation
JEL: 
H54
O13
O18
L91
L95
L96
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
ISBN: 
978-3-86788-730-4
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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