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All aboard? Commuter train access and labor market outcomes

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  • Åslund, Olof

    (IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy)

  • Blind, Ina

    (Institute for Housing and Urban Research (IBF))

  • Dahlberg, Matz

    (IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy)

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.

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  • Åslund, Olof & Blind, Ina & Dahlberg, Matz, 2015. "All aboard? Commuter train access and labor market outcomes," Working Paper Series 2015:25, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:ifauwp:2015_025
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    Infrastructure investment; commuting; job access; labor market outcomes;
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    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • J63 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population

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