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The fate of the middleman in the information age: the role of human capital in the growth of wholesale services in Sweden
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Economics. Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Centre for Entrepreneurship and Spatial Economics (CEnSE).
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Abstract [en]

I investigate the role that human capital has played in the spatial reorganization of wholesale industries on a granular spatial scale in Sweden between 1990 and 2010. This time period coincides with the rapid advancement of the internet, which is an event that was expected to eradicate the need for wholesaling services. This study provides an empirical examination of why this belief did not materialize and explanations for the uneven spatial distribution of the growth of wholesaling industries in recent decades.

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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-37277OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-37277DiVA: diva2:1140714
Available from: 2017-09-13 Created: 2017-09-13 Last updated: 2017-09-13Bibliographically approved
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1. Transport accessibility, wholesale trade and spatial development
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Transport accessibility, wholesale trade and spatial development
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis comprises four independent papers, which all explore some aspect of the relationship between accessibility and spatial development. The central question I pose is how improved accessibility to transportation services, human capital, jobs, or the market contributes to the spatial variation in economic development. Empirical data and estimations are utilized in all chapters.

The first paper (co-authored with Johan Klaesson) explores how a regional accessibility model can be used to analyze the growth of knowledge-intensive industries on a detailed geographical scale compared to a broader definition.

In the second paper (co-authored with Maria Börjesson and Christer Anderstig), a refined accessibility measure is used to estimate the magnitude of the causal effect of transport system investments on the unemployment rate, and whether the effect differs for people with different levels of education.

The third paper addresses the role that access to transportation services plays for wholesale start-ups, particularly in regions lacking in local demand.

The analysis in paper number four covers the same time period as the advancement of the Internet, which greatly reduced transaction costs. The paper examines the importance of access to human capital for the spatial reorganization and growth of wholesale industries during this time period.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Jönköping: Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, 2017. 45 p.
Series
JIBS Dissertation Series, ISSN 1403-0470 ; 115
National Category
Economics
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urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-37291 (URN)978-91-86345-75-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-09-29, B1014, Internationella handelshögskolan, Jönköping, 10:00 (English)
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VINNOVA, 2014-03587
Available from: 2017-09-13 Created: 2017-09-13 Last updated: 2017-09-13Bibliographically approved

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