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经济政治论文研讨会第六十六期通知:公共基础设施与经济发展
2021-06-10 15:38  

论文题目:Rogowski, J. C., Gerring, J., Maguire, M. and Cojocaru, L. (2021), Public Infrastructure and Economic Development: Evidence from Postal Systems. American Journal of Political Science

主持:李永涛副教授 

主讲:王雅婷,经济学院,硕士研究生一年级 

时间:2021年6月10日,星期三,19:30-21:00 

地点:腾讯会议 

论文摘要 

Although postal systems have been central to statebuilding efforts around the globe, their contributions to devel- opment are largely unclear. We argue that the post office affected economic development in both the short and long terms. To test our argument, we combine original data on the cross-national distribution of postal systems from 1875 to 2007 with granular county-level data in the United States from 1850 to 2000. In both country- and county-level analyses, we show that the spread of postal systems affected economic outcomes in the short and long terms. The results are robust across dependent variables, model specifications, and estimation strategies. We provide additional evidence that suggests these ef- fects were generated by reducing transaction costs and strengthening social capital. Our findings highlight the role of public infrastructure in promoting economic growth, documenting a channel through which state institutions precede growth, and suggest that statebuilding efforts have longstanding effects on relevant communities.


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