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Report | 2017
Spatial Autocorrelation Panel Regression: Agricultural Production and Transport Connectivity
Author(s): Iimi, Atsushi ; You, Liangzhi ; Wood-Sichra, Ulrike
Spatial analysis in economics is becoming increasingly important as more spatial data and innovative data mining technologies are developed. Even in Africa, where data often crucially lack quality analysis, a variety of spatial data have recently been developed, such as highly disaggregated crop production maps. Taking advantage of the historical...
Report | 2017
Port Rail Connectivity and Agricultural Production: Evidence from a Large Sample of Farmers in Ethiopia
Author(s): Iimi, Atsushi ; Adamtei, Haileyesus ; Markland, James ; Tsehaye, Eyasu
Agriculture remains an important economic sector in Africa, employing a large share of the labor force and earning foreign exchange. Among others, transport connectivity has long been a crucial constraint in Africa. In theory, railways have a particularly important role to play in shipping freight and passengers at low cost. However, most African...
Report | 2015
Firm Productivity and Infrastructure Costs in East Africa
Author(s): Iimi, Atsushi ; Humphrey, Richard Martin ; Melibaeva, Sevara
Infrastructure is an important constraint in many African countries. Using firm-level data for East Africa, this Study re-examines the relationship between firm performance and impact of infrastructure. It is shown that labor costs are by far the most important to stimulate firm production. Among the infrastructure sectors, electricity costs have...
Report | 2005
Connecting East Asia: A New Framework for Infrastructure
Author(s): Asian Development Bank ; Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) ; World Bank Group
Infrastructure development has made a major contribution to East Asia's enviable record on growth and poverty reduction. However, substantial new investments in infrastructure and service delivery improvements will be required to sustain progress in the future, and to address new challenges posed by urbanization, decentralization, and...