The Relationship Between Rail Transit and Industrial Agglomeration: Mediating Effect of Labor Agglomeration

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Sun J., Cherian J., Deng D., YÜCEL A. G., Sial M. S., Fu Q., ...More

Frontiers in Environmental Science, vol.10, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.3389/fenvs.2022.875914
  • Journal Name: Frontiers in Environmental Science
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, INSPEC, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Keywords: rail transit, urban, environment, industrial agglomeration, labour agglomeration, ENERGY-CONSUMPTION, CHINA, EXPRESS, BELT
  • Kayseri University Affiliated: No


Copyright © 2022 Sun, Cherian, Deng, Yucel, Sial, Fu and Cismas.The urban transit system is considered the backbone of any society as it heavily depends on economic progress. The railway transit system is crucial for any urban transit system. Based on this notion, the present research explores the industrial agglomeration in China’s prefecture-level and cities from 2010 to 2020. The research analyses the processes of urban rail transit building, industrial agglomeration, and labor agglomeration due to the railway’s transit network development. The findings are summarized in three main points; first, the agglomeration of the labor force is positively affected by the construction of urban rail transit infrastructure. Secondly, the development of railways infrastructure stimulates the agglomeration of manufacturing industries in and near urban population centers leading to the development of services industries. Third, the development and integration of railways networks with other transportation networks also optimize the allocation of capital in these areas as well. In the present research Preacher and Hayes, Behavior research methods, 2008, 40 (3), 879–891 methodology has been applied to determine the relationship between the development of railways transit system and concentration of industries, by taking into account the mediating effects of labor agglomeration. The development of railways network tends to bring economic and industrial development to these regions resulting in overall social development.