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Infrastructure and poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa: A review

By J\uf6rg Peters


This paper reviews the book 'Infrastructure and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa' by Antonio Estache and Quentin Wodon. The authors summarize the political debate on infrastructure policy in Africa in a very compelling and knowledgeable way and make a convincing case for pro-poor subsidies. Yet, this review points out two reservations: The evidence on the welfare enhancing benefits of infrastructure investments is less conclusive than suggested in the book. The book also misses out on the recent technological developments that enable the provision of decentralized services, which might render classical network based infrastructure partly redundant in the future

Topics: H54, O13, O18, L91, L95, L96, ddc:330, electrification, road infrastructure, water and sanitation
Publisher: Essen: Rheinisch-Westf\ue4lisches Institut f\ufcr Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI)
Year: 2016
DOI identifier: 10.4419/86788730
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Provided by: EconStor

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