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 Thor Berger . Foto

Thor Berger

Biträdande universitetslektor

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Locomotives of Local Growth: The Short- and Long-Term Impact of Railroads in Sweden

Författare

  • Thor Berger
  • Kerstin Enflo

Summary, in English

This paper studies the impact of railroads on town-level growth in Sweden over 150 years. Our analysis builds on the fact that railroads historically were extended quasi-randomly across towns. Towns that gained access to a rail connection grew larger relative to other

towns, with large negative spillovers on unconnected nearby towns. Over the 20th century, we find little adjustment to the initial shock in town populations, despite a sharp reversal in relative connectivity. Evidence on historical investments and present-day factors is consistent with this temporary shock giving rise to path dependence in the location of economic activity.

Avdelning/ar

  • Ekonomisk-historiska institutionen

Publiceringsår

2014

Språk

Engelska

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Lund Papers in Economic History. General Issues

Issue

132

Dokumenttyp

Working paper

Förlag

Department of Economic History, Lund University

Ämne

  • Economic History

Nyckelord

  • Path Dependence
  • Urban Growth
  • Transport Infrastructure

Aktiv

Published