Innovation in Malmö after the Öresund Bridge

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We analyze the effect of the Öresund Bridge, a combined railway and motorway bridge between Swedish Malmö and the Danish capital Copenhagen, on inventive activity in the region of Malmö. Applying difference-in-difference estimation on individual-level data, our findings suggest that the Öresund Bridge led to a significant increase in the number of patents per individual in the Malmö region as compared with the two other major regions in Sweden, Gothenburg, and Stockholm. We show that a key mechanism is the attraction of highly qualified workers to the Malmö region following the construction of the bridge.


External organisations
  • University of Luxembourg
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Economics


  • agglomeration effects, bridge, cross-border regions, innovation, inventors, patents, transportation infrastructure, Öresund
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Regional Science
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2021 May
Publication categoryResearch

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