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Problemas del desarrollo

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ZEPEDA-ORTEGA, Isidro Enrique; ANGELES-CASTRO, Gerardo  and  CARRILLO-MURILLO, David Guillermo. Road infrastructure and economic growth in Mexico. Prob. Des [online]. 2019, vol.50, n.198, pp.145-168.  Epub Nov 16, 2019. ISSN 0301-7036.  http://dx.doi.org/10.22201/iiec.20078951e.2019.198.66383.

Results from studies of the relationship between road infrastructure and regional economic growth have so far been inconclusive. This paper analyzes the effect of the availability of road infrastructure on regional production in Mexican municipalities. At a regional level, the extent of road availability in a municipality was determined using an Geographic Information System (GIS) and ordinary least squares analysis, which identified the existence of a positive relation between road density and production in municipal regions. It was shown that the most significant impact of roads on gross regional production is in the manufacturing and retail sectors, while roads have no significant impact on agriculture, livestock production, fishing, and mining. Toll-free roads in particular afford increased regional benefits in comparison to toll roads.

Keywords : road infrastructure; municipalities; regional growth; sectoral analysis; geographic extension; least square models.

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