The next Economics Seminar of Paris-Saclay will take place on Thursday, December 13, from 12h15 to 13h15, in room Gaudemet.

Oliver Vanden Eynde (PSE-CNRS) will present “Complementarities in Infrastructure: Evidence from Indian Agriculture”, co-authored with Liam Wren-Lewis.

Abstract: Complementarities between infrastructure projects have been understudied. This paper examines interactions in the impacts of large-scale road construction, electrification, and mobile phone coverage programs in rural India. We find strong evidence of complementary impacts between roads and electricity on agricultural production: dry season cropping increases significantly when villages receive both, but not when they receive one without the other. These complementarities are associated with a shift of cropping patterns towards market crops and with improved economic conditions. In contrast, we find no consistent evidence of complementarities for the mobile coverage program.

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