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Treb Allen (Dartmouth)


Wednesday 11 March 2020 12:30 - 14:00

32L 2.04, 2nd Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH

About this event

High transportation costs in developing countries are often cited as a key hindrance to economic growth, and billions upon billions of dollars have been invested in infrastructure in order to reduce these costs. If the transportation sector is uncompetitive, however, it is unclear whether these infrastructure improvements will result in lower prices for consumers. In this paper, we develop a new spatial model featuring imperfect competition in the transportation sector that highlights a “triple curse of remoteness”: more remote locations face higher marginal costs for the same distance, face higher markups from less competition, and are served by worse transportation providers. Investments in infrastructure not only reduce physical costs of shipping, they also improve competition and induce better transportation firms to enter. We confirm the model predictions by examining a large-scale infrastructure improvement in Colombia using a new truck- and shipment-level data.

This event will take place in 32L 2.04, 2nd Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH.

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