Fast Track to Growth? The Impact of Railway Access on Regional Economic Development in 19th Century Switzerland

Büchel, Konstantin; Kyburz, Stephan (August 2016). Fast Track to Growth? The Impact of Railway Access on Regional Economic Development in 19th Century Switzerland (CRED Research Paper 12). Bern: CRED - Center for Regional Economic Development

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We study the effect of railway access on regional development in 19th century Switzerland. The identification strategy in our analysis of geo-referenced railway network information, population growth rates, sectoral work shares and body height, relies on panel data techniques and an inconsequential units IV approach. Gaining railway access increased annual population growth by 0.4 percentage points compared to unconnected municipalities, mainly via the local migration balance. Railway improvements also promoted structural shifts from the primary to the secondary/tertiary sectors, and marginally accelerated body height growth.

Item Type:

Working Paper

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

Series:

CRED Research Paper

Publisher:

CRED - Center for Regional Economic Development

Language:

English

Submitter:

Melanie Moser

Date Deposited:

28 Apr 2020 13:32

Last Modified:

28 Apr 2020 13:32

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Railway Access, Regional Development, Population Growth, Structural Change, Body Height, Switzerland

JEL Classification:

I30, N33, N73, O18

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.143538

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/143538

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