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Immigration and structural change : Evidence from post-war Germany

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Braun, Sebastian Till ; Kvasnicka, Michael:
Immigration and structural change : Evidence from post-war Germany.
In: Journal of International Economics. Vol. 93 (2014) Issue 2 . - pp. 253-269.
ISSN 0022-1996
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jinteco.2014.03.006

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Does immigration accelerate sectoral change from low- to high-productivity sectors? This paper analyzes the effect of one of the largest population movements in history, the influx of millions of German expellees to West Germany after World War II, on Germany's speed of transition away from low-productivity agriculture. A simple two-sector specific factor model, in which moving costs prevent the marginal product of labor to be equalized across sectors, predicts that expellee inflows boost output per worker by expanding the high-productivity non-agricultural sector but decrease output per worker within sectors. Using German district-level data from before and after the war, we find empirical support for these predictions.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics > Chair Economics VII: Quantitative Economic History
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
900 History and geography > 940 History of Europe
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2018 07:18
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2018 07:18
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/45029