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Roman Transport Network Connectivity and Economic Integration

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Flückiger, Matthias ; Hornung, Erik ; Larch, Mario ; Ludwig, Markus ; Mees, Allard:
Roman Transport Network Connectivity and Economic Integration.
In: The Review of Economic Studies. Vol. 89 (2022) Issue 2 . - pp. 774-810.
ISSN 1467-937X
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/restud/rdab036

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We show that the creation of the first integrated multi-modal pan-European transport network during Roman times influences economic integration over two millennia. Drawing on spatially highly disaggregated data on excavated Roman ceramics, we document that contemporary interregional trade was influenced by connectivity within the network. Today, these connectivity differentials continue to influence integration as approximated by cross-regional firm investment behaviour. Continuity is partly explained by selective infrastructure routing and cultural integration due to bilateral convergence in preferences and values. We show that our results are Roman-connectivity specific and do not reflect pre-existing patterns of exchange using pre-Roman trade data.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics > Chair Economics VI: Empirical Economic Research
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics > Chair Economics VI: Empirical Economic Research > Chair Economics VI: Empirical Economic Research - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Mario Larch
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2022 06:25
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2022 06:25
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/69888