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The impact of connectivity on market interlinkages: evidence from rural Punjab

Shami, Mahvish (2012) The impact of connectivity on market interlinkages: evidence from rural Punjab. World Development, 40 (5). pp. 999-1012. ISSN 0305-750X

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2011.11.019


Up to the 1980s it was generally accepted that many key issues in agrarian development could not be studied without an understanding of market interlinkages. Recently, however, this theory has lost its importance in development literature. Based on a household-level survey from rural Pakistan, this paper seeks to re-introduce the importance of interlinkages by illustrating their exploitative potential, particularly in unequal isolated villages where landlords are essentially monopolist/monopsonist. The solution proposed is to break isolation. Making use of an exogenous shock found in the construction of a motorway, the study finds that while connectivity does not break interlinkages completely, it does significantly reduce their exploitative nature.

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Additional Information: © 2011 Elsevier
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D4 - Market Structure and Pricing > D40 - General
G - Financial Economics > G0 - General
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2012 13:53
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2023 06:48

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