Reinventing the Wheel: The Economic Benefits of Wheeled Transportation in Early British Colonial West Africa

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Isaías N. Chaves; Stanley L. Engerman; James A. Robinson;
(2013)
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    • jel: jel:N77 | jel:O33 | jel:R40

One of the great puzzles of Sub-Saharan African economic history is that wheeled transportation was barely used prior to the colonial period. Instead, head porterage was the main method of transportation. The consensus among historians is that this was a rational adapti... View more
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