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Of mice and merchants: connectedness and the location of economic activity in the Iron Age

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We study the causal relationship between geographic connectedness and development using one of the earliest massive trade expansions: the first systematic crossing of open seas in the Mediterranean during the time of the Phoenicians. We construct a geography based measure of connectedness along the shores of the sea. We relate connectedness to economic activity, which we measure using the presence of archaeological sites. We find an association between better connected locations and archaeolo...

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Peer reviewed

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10.1162/rest_a_00902

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Economics
Oxford college:
Brasenose College
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Author
Publisher:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press
Journal:
Review of Economics and Statistics More from this journal
Volume:
103
Issue:
4
Pages:
652-665
Publication date:
2020-01-23
Acceptance date:
2019-12-16
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EISSN:
1530-9142
ISSN:
0034-6535
Language:
English
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pubs:1078074
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uuid:28401603-a70c-4f08-8753-9461da67dcaa
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pubs:1078074
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1078074
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2019-12-16

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