Fast track to growth? Railway access, population growth and local displacement in 19th century Switzerland

Büchel, Konstantin; Kyburz, Stephan Daniel (2018). Fast track to growth? Railway access, population growth and local displacement in 19th century Switzerland (In Press). Journal of economic geography Oxford University Press 10.1093/jeg/lby046

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We study the effect of railway access on population growth in 19th century Switzerland. Our analysis is based on geo-referenced railway network information and an inconsequential units IV approach. Gaining direct railway access increased annual population growth by 0.4 percentage points, while municipalities in close vicinity but no direct access (i.e. 2–10 km distance) experienced a growth slump of similar magnitude. We interpret these findings as evidence of highly localised displacement effects related to railway connections.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Economics
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Economics > Institute of Economics > Economic Policy and Regional Economics
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Economics > Institute of Economics
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Economics > Institute of Economics > Public Economics
11 Centers of Competence > Center for Regional Economic Development (CRED)

UniBE Contributor:

Büchel, Konstantin and Kyburz, Stephan Daniel

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISSN:

1468-2702

Publisher:

Oxford University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Melanie Moser

Date Deposited:

18 Jun 2019 16:19

Last Modified:

18 Jun 2019 16:19

Publisher DOI:

10.1093/jeg/lby046

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/127653

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