Effects of Job Accessibility Improved by Public Transport System: Natural Experimental Evidence from the Copenhagen Metro

  • Gabriel Pons Rotger The Danish National Centre for Social Research
  • Thomas Sick Nielsen Technical University of Denmark

Abstract

This study examines the effect of accessibility to urban jobs via a public transport system on individual earnings and commuting behaviour. The effect of improved public transport based accessibility on these outcomes is determined by exploiting the exogenous variation in access to a public rail and Metro system resulting from the construction of a new terminal Metro station connecting southern townships to Copenhagen city centre. The results show that public transport based job accessibility has a positive and permanent effect on individual earnings. The increase in earnings is associated with a change in commuting patterns as the improved access to public transport facilitates a shift from employment within the township to better paid jobs in the city centre, as well as in other suburbs of the Copenhagen Metropolitan area.

How to Cite
PONS ROTGER, Gabriel; SICK NIELSEN, Thomas. Effects of Job Accessibility Improved by Public Transport System: Natural Experimental Evidence from the Copenhagen Metro. European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research, [S.l.], v. 15, n. 4, sep. 2015. ISSN 1567-7141. Available at: <https://journals.library.tudelft.nl/index.php/ejtir/article/view/3090>. Date accessed: 23 may 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.18757/ejtir.2015.15.4.3090.
Published
2015-09-01