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Railways, Growth, and Industrialization in a Developing German Economy, 1829–1910

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Braun, Sebastian Till ; Franke, Richard:
Railways, Growth, and Industrialization in a Developing German Economy, 1829–1910.
In: The Journal of Economic History. Vol. 82 (2022) Issue 4 . - pp. 1183-1221.
ISSN 1471-6372
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022050722000377

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This paper studies the average and heterogeneous effects of railway access on parish-level population, income, and industrialization in Württemberg during the Industrial Revolution. We show that the growth-enhancing effect of the railway was much greater in parishes that were larger and more industrial at the outset. However, such early industrial parishes were rare in the relatively poor German state. This might explain why we find small average growth effects, which only increase at the end of the nineteenth century. Heterogeneity in the impact of the railway thus increased economic disparities within Württemberg and contributed to the state’s relatively sluggish growth.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Railway access; growth; sectoral employment; Industrial Revolution; Württemberg
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics > Chair Economics VII: Quantitative Economic History > Chair Economics VII: Quantitative Economic History - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sebastian Till Braun
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics > Chair Economics VII: Quantitative Economic History
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
900 History and geography > 940 History of Europe
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2022 22:00
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2023 12:29
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/73076