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The Effect of Infrastructure on Worker Mobility: Evidence from High-Speed Rail Expansion in Germany

Heuermann, Daniel F. ; Schmieder, Johannes F.


We use the expansion of the high-speed rail (HSR) network in Germany as a natural experiment to examine the causal effect of reductions in commuting time between regions on the commuting decisions of workers and their choices regarding where to live and where to work. We exploit three key features in this setting: (i) investment in HSR has, in some cases dramatically, reduced travel times between ...


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