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Transport Infrastructure in Time, Scope and Scale

An Economic History and Evolutionary Perspective


  • Focuses upon the history of economic theorizing around transport infrastructure

  • Uses clear case studies to investigate theory

  • Analyses infrastructure systems from an institutional perspective


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Björn Hasselgren
    Pages 9-23
  3. Björn Hasselgren
    Pages 25-55
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 107-121

About this book


This book discusses the economics of transport infrastructure and the economic theorizing around transport infrastructure from 1850 to today. Transport infrastructure systems are continuously evolving over time. Since the mid-1800s these systems have grown in complexity and outreach. They have been important drivers of economic development but have also been important as economic agents in themselves. Over time transport infrastructure systems have taken on different functions as providers of simpler transport services or more developed value chain components. Transport infrastructure has also been a source for different arguments about economic theory and practice. 

Transport infrastructure systems are analysed from an institutional perspective where the long-term development of the ownership and financing of the systems, as well as the connection to different policy areas are elaborated. A longitudinal study of Sweden’s transport infrastructure policy is used to exemplify driving factors causing change and transformation of the systems over time with different scale and scope.  


evolutionary economics transport economics efficiency infrastructure economics of roads economics of railways private sector public sector

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Uppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

About the authors

Björn Hasselgren is a guest researcher in the Economic History Department of Uppsala University, Sweden and has a PhD in planning and decision analysis from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. He has extensive experience from senior positions in the transport infrastructure sector and the Sveriges Riksbank.

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