Economics Seminar Series - Stephane Straub (Toulouse School of Economics) | Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche

Economics Seminar Series - Stephane Straub (Toulouse School of Economics)

25 May 2023 12:30 to 13:30
Aula 14, via dei Caniana
Seminari di dipartimento
Persona di riferimento: 
Raffaele Fiocco (
Strutture interne organizzatrici: 
Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche

"The Dark Side of Infrastructure: Roads, Repression, and Land in Authoritarian Paraguay"

(Felipe González, Josepa Miquel-Florensa, Mounu Prem, Stephane Straub)


Transportation infrastructure is associated with economic development, but it can also be used for social control and to benefit the governing elite. We explore the connection between the construction of road networks, state-led repression, and land allocations in the longest dictatorship in South America: Alfredo Stroessner military regime in Paraguay. Using novel panel data from the truth and reconciliation commission, we show that proximity to roads facilitated state-led repression and the illegal allocation of agricultural plots to dictatorship allies. These results suggest that infrastructure projects can also hinder economic development.