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On the Road to the Automobile Age Sweden 1923-1973

Jacques, Tristan LU (2011) EKHR11 20111
Department of Economic History
Abstract (Swedish)
Europe, following the American model, became a Car Society during the Golden Age. In Sweden, mass-motorization spread faster and approximately ten years earlier than in the rest of the continent. This study aims to pinpoint factors explaining this advance. In general, living standards are considered as the determinant of private car diffusion; population dispersion is also assumed to be an accelerating factor. Admittedly Sweden had a favorable economic situation and a sparse population, yet, demand for cars was certainly not only driven by individual income and low population density. In this paper, other factors, such as the existence of a powerful national automobile industry, favorable political ideology toward the Car Society and very... (More)
Europe, following the American model, became a Car Society during the Golden Age. In Sweden, mass-motorization spread faster and approximately ten years earlier than in the rest of the continent. This study aims to pinpoint factors explaining this advance. In general, living standards are considered as the determinant of private car diffusion; population dispersion is also assumed to be an accelerating factor. Admittedly Sweden had a favorable economic situation and a sparse population, yet, demand for cars was certainly not only driven by individual income and low population density. In this paper, other factors, such as the existence of a powerful national automobile industry, favorable political ideology toward the Car Society and very efficient transfers of American technology, will be studied and combined to a regional analysis to grasp the characteristics of the Swedish mass-motorization process. (Less)
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author
Jacques, Tristan LU
supervisor
organization
course
EKHR11 20111
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Mass Motorization, Private Car ownership, Sweden
language
English
id
1982292
date added to LUP
2011-06-23 08:50:07
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2011-06-23 08:50:07
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  abstract     = {Europe, following the American model, became a Car Society during the Golden Age. In Sweden, mass-motorization spread faster and approximately ten years earlier than in the rest of the continent. This study aims to pinpoint factors explaining this advance. In general, living standards are considered as the determinant of private car diffusion; population dispersion is also assumed to be an accelerating factor. Admittedly Sweden had a favorable economic situation and a sparse population, yet, demand for cars was certainly not only driven by individual income and low population density. In this paper, other factors, such as the existence of a powerful national automobile industry, favorable political ideology toward the Car Society and very efficient transfers of American technology, will be studied and combined to a regional analysis to grasp the characteristics of the Swedish mass-motorization process.},
  author       = {Jacques, Tristan},
  keyword      = {Mass Motorization,Private Car ownership,Sweden},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {On the Road to the Automobile Age Sweden 1923-1973},
  year         = {2011},
}