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

Büchel, Konstantin and Kyburz, Stephan (2018) Fast track to growth? Railway access, population growth and local displacement in 19th century Switzerland. CEP Discussion Papers (CEPDP1538). Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

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: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/
Additional Information: © 2018 The Authors
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
T Technology > TF Railroad engineering and operation
JEL classification: N - Economic History > N3 - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Income, and Wealth > N33 - Economic History: Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Income and Wealth: Europe: Pre-1913
N - Economic History > N7 - Transport, International and Domestic Trade, Energy, Technology, and Other Services > N73 - Europe: Pre-1913
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O18 - Regional, Urban, and Rural Analyses
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2018 15:33
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2019 05:07
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/88689

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