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Mining in Arctic and Non-Arctic Regions: A Socioeconomic Assessment

Anders Frederiksen () and Maja Due Kadenic ()
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Maja Due Kadenic: Aarhus University

No 9883, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: In this paper, we study how mines change local societies in the Nordic countries with a particular focus on the Arctic region. Our study is based on register data at the municipality level from Norway, Sweden, and Finland for the period 1986 to 2013. The applied econometric model allows for identification of the total socioeconomic effects that occur throughout the mine's life cycle. We find positive effects on local employment and reductions in unemployment and the number of people outside the labor force when a mine is opening up. We also detect significant shifts in the industry structure in the period around a mine opening and we find that mines attract young people and reduce crime rates. We do not find any effects on the local population size, the gender or education compositions, or fertility rates.

Keywords: resource development; socioeconomic effects; Arctic; mining; Nordic countries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J15 J2 O12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 29 pages
Date: 2016-04
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Published - published as: 'Mining the North: Local Impacts' in: Labour Economics, 2020, 63, 101790

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