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Decreased Commuting Time and its Effects on Accessibility and Productivity
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Economics.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis analyzes how a decrease in the commuting time affects the region’s productivity and accessibility on the targeted area Jönköping, Vaggeryd and Värnamo. Numerous municipalities that surround the railway, within a one-hour time range have been included to determine whether an investment on the railway is efficient. The potential growth effects and productivity are measured in wages, and the accessibility is measured as population accessibility. The accessibility is calculated with an accessibility measure, also known The Potential of Opportunities. Additionally, the study includes four control variables. Out of these, four of the six variables proved to significantly influence the regions accessibility and productivity whereas multicollinearity is present in the remaining two. The study differentiates from other similar reports in such way that it investigates a brand new area, different municipalities and finally through the control variables that have not been explicitly used for this specific purpose. The investment is shown to have a substantial effect on the municipalities, especially the smaller ones close to the railway. Shorter time distances, better accessibility and increased productivity all contribute to economic growth and agglomeration.

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2014. , 47 p.
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Regional Accessibility, Commuting Time, Potential of Opportunities, Productivity
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-29319OAI: diva2:922612
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IHH, Economics
Available from: 2016-05-17 Created: 2016-02-07 Last updated: 2016-05-17Bibliographically approved

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