Immigration and the Diffusion of Technology: The Huguenot Diaspora in Prussia

IFO Working Paper No. 114

50 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2011

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Erik Hornung

University of Cologne - Center for Macroeconomic Research (CMR); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: November 10, 2011

Abstract

This paper analyzes long-term effects of skilled-worker immigration on productivity for the Huguenots migration to Prussia. We combine Huguenot immigration lists from 1700 with Prussian firm-level data on the value of inputs and outputs in 1802 in a unique data base. In 1685, religious persecution drove highly skilled Huguenots out of France into backward Brandenburg-Prussia where they were channeled into towns to compensate population losses due to plagues during the Thirty Years’ War. Exploiting this settlement pattern in an instrumental-variable approach, we still find causal effects of Huguenot settlement on the productivity of textile manufactories hundred years after their immigration.

Keywords: Migration, Technological Diffusion, Human Capital, Huguenots, Prussian Economic History

JEL Classification: N33, J24, O33, F22

Suggested Citation

Hornung, Erik, Immigration and the Diffusion of Technology: The Huguenot Diaspora in Prussia (November 10, 2011). IFO Working Paper No. 114. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1960616 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1960616

Erik Hornung (Contact Author)

University of Cologne - Center for Macroeconomic Research (CMR) ( email )

Cologne
Germany

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) ( email )

Munich
Germany

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

London
United Kingdom

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