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Type Working Paper
Title Development at the border: a study of national integration in post-colonial West Africa
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Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2010
URL http://www.parisschoolofeconomics.eu/IMG/pdf/Main_Text_Development_at_the_border.pdf
Abstract
In Africa, boundaries delineated during the colonial era now divide young independent states. By applying regression discontinuity designs to a large set of surveys covering the 1986-2001 period, this paper identifies many large and significant jumps in welfare at the borders between five West-African countries around Cote d'Ivoire. Border discontinuities mirror the di®erences between country averages with respect to household income, connection to utilities and education. Country of residence often makes a di®erence, even if distance to capital city has some attenuating power. The results are consistent with a national integration process that is underway but not yet achieved.

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