Original Paper Title: Rural Roads and Local Market Development in Vietnam
Original Researchers: Ren Mu and Dominique van de Walle
Original Publication: Journal of Development Studies
Replication Plan: Cuong’s Replication Plan
Current Status: Grant cancelled
The Original Study
This study seeks to assess the impact of rural road rehabilitation and construction on transport-induced local-market development at the commune level in rural Vietnam. Specifically, the authors assess the impact of the World Bank–financed Vietnam Rural Transport Project I (RTPI), implemented between 1997 and 2001. The authors focus on three sets of questions pertaining to average impacts on local market development, cross-commune difference in the project’s impacts on local markets and the structure of the cross-commune differences in impacts.
This replication of Mu and van de Walle (2011) aims to extend beyond pure replication in two aspects. First, it will examine the sensitivity of the impact estimates of the rural road project to the selection of control variables and bandwidth in kernel propensity score matching. Secondly, it explores the effect of the rural road project on additional outcome variables. Mu and van de Walle (2011) focus on the effect of the road project on market development, employment and education. Based on the data availability, this study will examine the effect of the road project on additional outcome variables including access to credit, migration and non-farm income.