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Braun, Sebastian Till, Kramer, Anica , Kvasnicka, Michael , and Meier, Philipp. Data and code for: “Local Labor Markets and the Persistence of Population Shocks: Evidence from West Germany, 1939-70.” Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2020-09-07.

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Summary:  View help for Summary This paper 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 1939-1970, 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.
Funding Sources:  View help for Funding Sources Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Germany) (BR 4979/1-1)

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