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Settlement location shapes the integration of forced migrants : Evidence from post-war Germany

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Braun, Sebastian Till ; Dwenger, Nadja:
Settlement location shapes the integration of forced migrants : Evidence from post-war Germany.
In: Explorations in Economic History. Vol. 77 (2020) . - Art.Nr. 101330.
ISSN 0014-4983
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eeh.2020.101330

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Project's official titleProject's id
Die volkswirtschaftlichen Effekte der Vertriebenen und ihre Integration in Westdeutschland, 1945-70BR 4979/1-1

Project financing: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

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Following one of the largest displacements in human history, almost eight million forced migrants arrived in West Germany after WWII. We study empirically how the settlement location of migrants affected their economic, social and political integration in West Germany. We first document large differences in integration outcomes across West German counties. We then show that high inflows of migrants and a large agrarian base hampered integration. Religious differences between migrants and natives had no effect on economic integration. Yet, they decreased intermarriage rates and strengthened anti-migrant parties. Based on our estimates, we simulate the regional distribution of migrants that maximizes their labor force participation. Intra-German migration in the 1950s brought the actual distribution closer to its optimum.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Forced migration; Regional integration; Post-war Germany
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics > Chair Economics VII: Quantitative Economic History
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics > Chair Economics VII: Quantitative Economic History > Chair Economics VII: Quantitative Economic History - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sebastian Till Braun
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
900 History and geography > 940 History of Europe
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2020 07:39
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2020 09:05
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/56421