Market Access and Structural Transformation : Evidence from Rural Roads in India ⇤

  title={Market Access and Structural Transformation : Evidence from Rural Roads in India ⇤},
  author={Sam Asher and Paul M Novosad},
More than one billion people worldwide live in rural areas without access to the paved road network. How does the lack of such infrastructure a↵ect rural employment and economic outcomes? We construct a comprehensive, high spatial resolution dataset of 825 million individuals in rural India to estimate the impact of a national rural road construction program that has built paved roads to over 100,000 villages since 2000. Program rules provide discontinuities in the probability of treatment at… CONTINUE READING
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