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Fast Track to Growth? Railway Access, Population Growth and Local Displacement in 19th Century Switzerland

Konstantin  Büchel,  Stephan  Kyburz,  April 2018
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Keywords: railway access, population growth, displacement effects

JEL Classification: N33; N73; O18

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We study the effect of railway access on population growth in 19th century Switzerland. Our analysis is based on geo-referenced railway network information and an inconsequential units IV approach. Gaining direct railway access increased annual population growth by 0.4 percentage points, while municipalities in close vicinity but no direct access (i.e. 2{10 km distance) experienced a growth slump of similar magnitude. We interpret these findings as evidence of highly localised displacement effects related to railway connections.