Click here for search results
Farther on down the road : transport costs, trade and urban growth in Sub-Saharan Africa, Volume 1
Author:Storeygard, Adam; Country:Africa;
Date Stored:2013/05/15Document Date:2013/05/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Rural Roads & Transport; Transport Economics Policy & Planning; Subnational Economic Development; Roads & Highways; E-Business
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:Public Administration, Law, and Justice
Rel. Proj ID:1W-Moving To Density - Urbanization In Developing Countries -- -- P126031;Region:Africa
Report Number:WPS6444Sub Sectors:General public administration sector
Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 6444TF No/Name:TF099198-KCPII-Moving
Volume No:1  

Summary: Transport costs are widely considered an important barrier to local economic activity but their impact in developing countries is not well-studied. This paper investigates the role of inter-city transport costs in determining the income of Sub-Saharan African cities, using two new data sources. Specifically, it asks how important access to a large port city is for the income of hinterland cities in 15 countries. Satellite data on lights at night proxy for city economic activity, and shortest routes between cities are calculated using new road network data. Cost per unit of distance is identified by world oil prices. The results show that an oil price increase of the magnitude experienced between 2002 and 2008 induces the income of cities near a major port to increase by 6 percent relative to otherwise identical cities 500 kilometers farther away. Cities connected to the port by paved roads are chiefly affected by transport costs to the port, while cities connected to the port by unpaved roads are more affected by connections to secondary centers. These are important findings for economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa since the majority of its population growth over the next few decades is expected to be in urban areas.

Official Documents
Official, scanned versions of documents (may include signatures, etc.)
File TypeDescriptionFile Size (mb)
PDF 55 pagesOfficial version*3.85 (approx.)
TextText version**
How To Order

See documents related to this project
* The official version is derived from scanning the final, paper copy of the document and is the official,
archived version including all signatures, charts, etc.
** The text version is the OCR text of the final scanned version and is not an accurate representation of the final text.
It is provided solely to benefit users with slow connectivity.

Permanent URL for this page: