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The Spatial effects of transportation on industrial employment

Xavier Fageda and Marta Gonzalez-Aregall ()
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Marta Gonzalez-Aregall: Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona

No 201429, IREA Working Papers from University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics

Abstract: This paper examines the direct and indirect impacts of transport infrastructure on industrial employment. We estimate regressions with spatial econometric methods using data from the Spanish regions for the period 1995-2008. We find that the density of motorways and the amount of port traffic (particularly general non-containerized and container traffic) are significant determinants of industrial employment in the region, while the effects of railway density and the amount of airport traffic are unclear. Our empirical analysis shows the existence of significant negative spatial spillovers for the density of motorways and levels of container port traffic while the impact of general non-containerized port traffic seems to be mainly local.

Keywords: transportation; industrial employment; spatial econometrics; motorways; ports; railways; airports. JEL classification: L92; O18; R4 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 26 pages
Date: 2014-11, Revised 2014-11
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-geo, nep-tre and nep-ure
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