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|Title: ||Economies of Speed? Bike Couriers, Pace, and Economic Development in the Global City|
|Authors: ||Adler, Patrick|
|Advisor: ||Deborah, Leslie|
|Keywords: ||Economic Geography|
Skill Based Technological Change
|Issue Date: ||1-Dec-2011|
|Abstract: ||In this thesis, I propose that bike courier delivery is not merely a convenient service for clients but an important function in the operation of successful economies. By allowing the regions to function at higher speeds, same-day courier networks seem to play an active role in generating positive economic outcomes. The availability of courier networks is found to be as uneven as economic vitality itself. Cities like New York and Toronto have large, dense courier networks, capable of delivering items within an hour while smaller cites, do not support same-day courier service at all. They do this, in part, by allowing for couriers to cope with the precariousness of their work, and in part by providing supportive sub-cultures. These findings point to the role of service workers, and wider eco-systems in fostering regional advantage.
|Appears in Collections:||Master|
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