Social Trust Fosters an Ability to Help Those in Need: Jewish Refugees in the Nazi Era

43 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2012 Last revised: 25 Jun 2013

Christian Bjørnskov

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business; Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN); Center for Political Studies; Institute for Corruption Studies

Date Written: June 24, 2013

Abstract

An ignored aspect of efforts to save Jewish citizens in occupied Europe during World War II is that large-scale rescue arguably constitutes a collective action problem. Due to Nazi occupation, no formal institutions contributed to solving this problem. Exploring the differences in rescue rates across all 30 occupied countries shows that the informal institution of social trust contributed to solving the collective action problem and strongly affected rescue rates.

Keywords: Social trust, institutional quality, path dependence

JEL Classification: Z13, P16, N43

Suggested Citation

Bjørnskov, Christian, Social Trust Fosters an Ability to Help Those in Need: Jewish Refugees in the Nazi Era (June 24, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2164631 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2164631

Christian Bjørnskov (Contact Author)

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business ( email )

Fuglesangs Allé 4
Aarhus V, DK-8210
Denmark

Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) ( email )

Box 55665
Grevgatan 34, 2nd floor
Stockholm, SE-102 15
Sweden

Center for Political Studies

Landgreven 3
Copenhagen K, DK-1301
Denmark

Institute for Corruption Studies

Stevenson Hall 425
Normal, IL 61790-4200
United States

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