The effect of distance and road quality on food collection, marketing margins, and traders' wages: evidence from the former Zaire uri icon

abstract

  • Food price variation is typical of the food economies of many low income countries. The presence or absence of road infrastructure is perceived to be one of the main determinants of this variation. This analysis shows that in the case of the former Zaire, food price dispersion is significant both across products and across regions. It is demonstrated that transportation costs explain most of the differences in food prices between producer regions and that road quality is an important factor in the transportation costs. However, food prices decrease relatively faster than transportation costs increase and traders' wages are higher on bad roads. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

publication date

  • 1999
  • 1999