Towns and rural industrialisation in Sweden 1850-1890: A spatial statistical approach
2009 (English)In: Scandinavian Economic History Review, ISSN 0358-5522, E-ISSN 1750-2837, Vol. 57, no 3, 229-251 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Using a spatial statistical analysis we study the relation between rural industrial employment and distance to towns and access to communications in nineteenth century Sweden. Our results show that rural parishes with access to communicationshad a higher proportion of rural industrial workers than parishes without. In a region with few towns, the south-east of Sweden, parishes close to large towns had a higher proportion of industrial employees than distant parishes in1850, while no significant correlation was observed in 1890. In a region with arelatively dense urban system, Mälardalen, only in 1890 did parishes close to large towns show a higher proportion of rural industrial workers than did more distant parishes. However, the mean positive effect was negligible beyond 10 km. Thus, in the second half of the nineteenth century the immediate urban hinterland was industrialising prior to large scale urbanisation and urban industrialisation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge , 2009. Vol. 57, no 3, 229-251 p.
spatial statistical analysis; rural industrialisation; regional development; urban-rural dynamics
Research subject Economic History
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-112517DOI: 10.1080/03585520903068017OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-112517DiVA: diva2:286385
ProjectsStäder som förmedlande länk i svensk industrialisering