Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Missing Links, Missing Markets: Evidence of the Transformation Process in the Economic Networks of Gambian Villages

As the end of the year is approaching, a little summary of my research work of 2014.

After more than four years of work, I am very proud that eventually "missing links, missing markets", one of the papers from the Gambia Networks Project, will be published in 2015 at World Development:

The aim of this paper is to contribute to the empirical analysis of the transformation process in traditional rural societies using a network perspective. A unique database collected in 60 villages in rural Gambia is used to study the ways in which households with links outside the village (a proxy for market connections) behave in the locally available exchange networks for land, labor, inputs, and credit. The econometric results at different levels of disaggregation provide suggestive evidence of substitutability between internal and external economic interactions, particularly in the case of reciprocal exchanges.

Here the original post about the paper, here Marc Bellemare's review.

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