Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy

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

Olof Åslund (), Ina Blind () and Matz Dahlberg ()
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Olof Åslund: IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy, Postal: P O Box 513, SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden
Ina Blind: Institute for Housing and Urban Research (IBF), Postal: Uppsala, Sweden
Matz Dahlberg: IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy, Postal: P O Box 513, SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden

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

JEL-codes: J22; J63; R23

63 pages, November 9, 2015

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