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Local labor markets and the persistence of population shocks : evidence from West Germany, 1939–1970

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Braun, Sebastian Till ; Kramer, Anica ; Kvasnicka, Michael ; Meier, Philipp:
Local labor markets and the persistence of population shocks : evidence from West Germany, 1939–1970.
In: Journal of Economic Geography. (September 2020) . - 30 S..
ISSN 1468-2702
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/jeg/lbaa013

Project information

Project title:
Project's official titleProject's id
Die volkswirtschaftlichen Effekte der Vertriebenen und ihre Integration in Westdeutschland, 1945-704979/1-1

Project financing: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

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10.3886/E119967V1

Abstract in another language

This article studies the persistence of a large, unexpected and regionally very unevenly distributed population shock, the inflow of eight million ethnic Germans from Eastern Europe to West Germany after World War II. Using detailed census data from 1939 to 1970, we show that the shock proved persistent within local labor markets, but was largely reversed between labor markets. These results show that the choice of spatial units can significantly affect the estimated persistence of population shocks. They can thus help to explain why previous studies on the persistence of population shocks reached conflicting conclusions.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Population shock; Locational fundamentals; Agglomeration economies; Regional migration; Post-war Germany
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics > Chair Economics II - International Macroeconomics and Trade
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics > Chair Economics II - International Macroeconomics and Trade > Chair Economics II - International Macroeconomics and Trade - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hartmut Egger
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
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
900 History and geography > 940 History of Europe
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2020 07:21
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2020 07:21
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/56850