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Martino Pelli, University of Sherbrooke Economics and Econometrics Seminar Series
Start Date: 10/12/2018Start Time: 2:30 PM
End Date: 10/12/2018End Time: 4:00 PM
Event Description:
Economics and Econometrics Seminar Series

Roads and Resources: Groundwater Depletion in
the North China Plains

Speaker : Martino Pelli, University of Sherbrooke

Friday, October 12, 2018 –2:30 PM
307 Tier Building

A large literature in economics focuses on the relationship between infrastructure provision and economic development. However, there are no studies on the effect of infrastructure on the sustainability of natural resources. This paper studies the effect of highway building on the water table in one county in the North China Plain - which produces most of the country's food grains. We use a unique GIS-referenced dataset of all the 12,000 odd tube wells in this county to show two facts. First, that the probability of digging new wells in the proximity of new highways significantly increases in the aftermath of the construction of a highway. Second, that the construction of new highways has led to a depletion of the water table in wells located nearby relative to those farther away. The main conclusion of the study is that infrastructure building may negatively impact the environment, leading to potentially adverse effects on the sustainability of natural resources.

Location Information:
University of Manitoba - Fort Garry - Tier Building  (View Map)
173 Dafoe Road
Winnipeg, MB
Room: 307
Contact Information:
Name: Betty McGregor
Phone: 204.474.6240
Event Type:
  • Academic
  • Seminars

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