Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/141642
Authors: 
Frederiksen, Anders
Kadenic, Maja Due
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9883
Abstract: 
In this paper, we study how mines change local societies in the Nordic countries with a particular focus on the Arctic region. Our study is based on register data at the municipality level from Norway, Sweden, and Finland for the period 1986 to 2013. The applied econometric model allows for identification of the total socioeconomic effects that occur throughout the mine's life cycle. We find positive effects on local employment and reductions in unemployment and the number of people outside the labor force when a mine is opening up. We also detect significant shifts in the industry structure in the period around a mine opening and we find that mines attract young people and reduce crime rates. We do not find any effects on the local population size, the gender or education compositions, or fertility rates.
Subjects: 
mining
Arctic
socioeconomic effects
resource development
Nordic countries
JEL: 
J2
J15
O12
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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