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Railroads and Micro-regional Growth in Prussia

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  • Erik Hornung

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We study the effect of railroad access on urban population growth. Using GIS techniques,we match triennial population data for roughly 1000 cities in nineteenth-century Prussiato georeferenced maps of the German railroad network. We find positive short- andlong-term effects of having a station on urban growth for different periods during1840–1871. Causal effects of (potentially endogenous) railroad access on city growthare identified using instrumental variable and fixed-effects estimation techniques. Ourinstrument identifies exogenous variation in railroad access by constructing straight-linecorridors between terminal stations. Counterfactual models using pre-railroad growthyield no evidence in support of the hypothesis that railroads appeared as a consequenceof a previous growth spurt.

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Paper provided by Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich in its series Ifo Working Paper Series with number Ifo Working Paper No. 127.

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Keywords: Railroads; technological diffusion; economic growth; population growth;

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  1. Berger, Thor & Enflo, Kerstin, 2014. "Locomotives of Local Growth: The Short- and Long-Term Impact of Railroads in Sweden," Lund Papers in Economic History, Department of Economic History, Lund University 132, Department of Economic History, Lund University.
  2. Francesco Cinnirella & Erik Hornung, 2011. "Landownership Concentration and the Expansion of Education," CESifo Working Paper Series 3603, CESifo Group Munich.
  3. Stefan Arent, 2012. "Expectations and Saving Behavior: An Empirical Analysis," Ifo Working Paper Series, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich Ifo Working Paper No. 128, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich.

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