Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/216383
Authors: 
Amarasinghe, Ashani
Hodler, Roland
Raschky, Paul A.
Zenou, Yves
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 13071
Abstract: 
This paper analyzes the role of networks in the spatial diffusion of local economic shocks in Africa. We show that road and ethnic connectivity are particularly important factors for diffusing economic spillovers over longer distances. We then determine the key players, i.e., which districts are key in propagating local economic shocks across Africa. Using these results, we conduct counterfactual policy exercises to evaluate the potential gains from policies that increase economic activity in specific districts or improve road connectivity between districts.
Subjects: 
transportation
natural resources
key player centrality
spatial spillovers
networks
Africa
JEL: 
O13
O55
R12
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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