Wages and Accessibility: The Impact of Transport Infrastructure

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Abstract

© 2013 Regional Studies Association. Matas A., Raymond J.-L. and Roig J.-L. Wages and accessibility: the impact of transport infrastructure, Regional Studies. This paper contributes to the debate about the effect of accessibility on firms' productivity. It uses a micro-dataset that locates workplaces at the NUTS-3 level of regions. It elaborates an effective density variable using employment and interprovincial travel time data, allowing for a flexible time decay effect. The results show that there is a positive effect of accessibility on productivity, with elasticity around 0.06. Finally, by means of a simulation technique, this paper shows that the impact of road investment on productivity is higher the more developed are the regions connected.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1236-1254
JournalRegional Studies
Volume49
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

Keywords

  • Effective density
  • Productivity
  • Transport infrastructure

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