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Railways, Growth, and Industrialisation in a Developing German Economy, 1829-1910

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Braun, Sebastian Till ; Franke, Richard:
Railways, Growth, and Industrialisation in a Developing German Economy, 1829-1910.
Bayreuth , 2019 . - 57 p. - (MPRA Paper ; 93644 )

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This paper provides a comprehensive assessment of the effect of railways on the spatial economic development of a German economy, the Kingdom of Württemberg, during the Industrial Revolution. Our identification strategy compares the economic development of `winning' municipalities that were connected to the railway in 1845-54 to the development of `losing' municipalities that were the runners-up choice for a given railway line between two major towns. Estimates from both differences-in-differences and inverse-probability-weighted models suggest that railway access increased annual population growth by 0.4 percentage points over more than half a century. Railways also increased wages, income and housing values, in line with predictions of economic geography models of transport infrastructure improvements, reduced the gender wage gap, and accelerated the transition away from agriculture. We find little evidence that these effects are driven by localised displacement effects.

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Item Type: Working paper, discussion paper
Keywords: Railway access; growth; sectoral employment; Industrial Revolution; Württemberg
Subject classification: JEL Classification: R12, R40, O14, N73, N93
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics > Chair Economics VII: Quantitative Economic History
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics > Chair Economics VII: Quantitative Economic History > Lehrstuhl Volkswirtschaftslehre VII: Quantitative Wirtschaftsgeschichte - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sebastian Till Braun
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
300 Social sciences > 380 Commerce, communications, transportation
900 History and geography > 940 History of Europe
Date Deposited: 20 May 2019 07:09
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2019 13:03
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/49020