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Roman Roads to Prosperity: Persistence and Non-Persistence of Public Goods Provision

Dalgaard, Carl-Johan (författare)
Kaarsen, Nicolai (författare)
Olsson, Ola, 1971- (författare)
Göteborgs universitet, Institutionen för nationalekonomi med statistik, Gothenburg University, Department of Economics
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Selaya, Pablo (författare)
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Göteborgs universitet Handelshögskolan. Institutionen för nationalekonomi med statistik. 
Gothenburg : University of Gothenburg, 2018
Engelska.
Serie: Working Papers in Economics (online), 1403-2465
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  • How persistent is public goods provision in a comparative perspective? We explore the link between infrastructure investments made during antiquity and the presence of infrastructure today, as well as the link between early infrastructure and economic activity both in the past and in the present, across the entire area under dominion of the Roman Empire at the zenith of its geographical extension (117 CE). We find a remarkable pattern of persistence showing that greater Roman road density goes along with (a) greater modern road density, (b) greater settlement for-mation in 500 CE, and (c) greater economic activity in 2010. Interestingly, however, the degree of persistence in road density and the link between early road density and contemporary economic development is weakened to the point of insignificance in areas where the use of wheeled vehicles was abandoned from the first millennium CE until the late modern period. Taken at face value, our results suggest that infrastructure may be one important channel through which persistence in comparative development comes about.

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SAMHÄLLSVETENSKAP  -- Ekonomi och näringsliv -- Nationalekonomi (hsv//swe)
SOCIAL SCIENCES  -- Economics and Business -- Economics (hsv//eng)

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Roman roads
Roman empire
public goods
infrastructure
persistence

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