All aboard? Commuter train access and labor market outcomes

Author: Ina Blind, And Matz Dahlberg, And Olof Åslund, And

Published in: Regional Science and Urban Economics, nov. 2017, vol. 67, pp. 90-107

Summary of Working paper 2015:25

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.