The Role of Transportation Infrastructure in Economic Development- Africa's Development

Open Access
Quisenberry, Courtney Lynn
Area of Honors:
Supply Chain and Information Systems
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Dr. Robert Alexander Novack, Thesis Supervisor
  • Dr. John C. Spychalski, Honors Advisor
  • transportation
  • Africa
  • logistics
  • economic development
This thesis was completed in response to a submission from the Dow Chemical Company to the Penn State Center for Supply Chain Research in the Smeal College of Business. Dow is interested in global trends in transportation, specifically in the continent of Africa. This thesis examines the historical impact of transportation infrastructure on a country’s economic development and analyzes historical data for China and the United States in terms of transportation infrastructure development and GDP growth. Utilizing the U.S. and China as benchmarks, this thesis examines investment in Africa, the current issues of African transportation networks, and consumer spending growth in order to provide Dow and other companies with a complete overview of the logistical landscape of the continent.