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Railroads of the Raj: Estimating the Impact of Transportation Infrastructure
How large are the benefits of transportation infrastructure projects, and what explains these benefits? To shed new light on these questions, I collect archival data from colonial India and use it toExpand
Railroads and American Economic Growth: a "Market Access" Approach
This article examines the historical impact of railroads on the U.S. economy, with a focus on quantifying the aggregate impact on the agricultural sector in 1890. Expansion of the railroad networkExpand
The Unequal Eects of Weather and Climate Change: Evidence from Mortality in India
Weather ‡uctuations have shaped the economic activities of humans for centuries. And in poor, developing countries, where large swathes of the population continue to depend on basic agriculture, theExpand
The View from Above: Applications of Satellite Data in Economics
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This paper seeks to introduce economists to the science of remotely sensed data, and to give a flavor of how this new source of data has been used by economists so far and what might be done in the future. Expand
CAN OPENNESS MITIGATE THE EFFECTS OF WEATHER SHOCKS? EVIDENCE FROM INDIA'S FAMINE ERA
transformation of countries throughout history. Rural citizens in developing countries today, however, remain highly exposed to fluctua tions in the weather. This exposure affects the incomes theseExpand
Weather , Climate Change and Death in India
This paper reveals a stark inequality in the effect of ambient temperatures on death in human populations. Using district-level daily weather and annual mortality data from 1957 to 2000, we find thatExpand
The Geography of Path Dependence ∗
How much of the spatial distribution of economic activity today is determined by history rather than by geographic fundamentals? And if history matters for the distribution, does it also matter forExpand
Weather and Death in India
Weather uctuations have shaped the economic activities of humans for centuries. And in poor, developing countries, where large swathes of the population continue to depend on basic agriculture, theExpand
Railroads and the Raj: The Economic Impact of Transportation Infrastructure.
I estimate the economic impact of the construction of colonial India’s railroad network from 1861-1930. Using newly collected district-level data on annual output, prices and internal trade flows IExpand
Dynamics of a Malthusian Economy: India in the Aftermath of the 1918 Influenza
The 1918 influenza epidemic struck India when the subcontinent was mired in its long-term Malthusian equilibrium of low population growth and stable per-capita consumption. Its terrible death tollExpand
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