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No 2015:25:
All aboard? Commuter train access and labor market outcomes

Olof Åslund (), Ina Blind () and Matz Dahlberg ()

Abstract: We investigate the impact of commuter train access on individual labor market outcomes. Our study considers the introduction of a commuter train on a pre-existing railroad in Sweden, considerably decreasing commuting times by public transit and hence increasing access to the regional employment center. Using difference-in-differences matching techniques on comprehensive individual panel data spanning over a decade, our intention-to-treat estimates show that the reform essentially had no impact on the earnings and employment development among the affected individuals.

Keywords: Infrastructure investment; commuting; job access; labor market outcomes; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: J22; J63; R23; (follow links to similar papers)

63 pages, November 9, 2015

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Åslund, Olof, Ina Blind and Matz Dahlberg, (2017), 'All aboard? Commuter train access and labor market outcomes', Regional Science and Urban Economics, Vol. 67, November, pages 90-107

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