The Economic Integration of Forced Migrants: Evidence for Post‐War Germany

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Thomas Bauer

Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen)

Sebastian Braun

Kiel Institute for the World Economy - IFW

Michael Kvasnicka

RWI Essen (Berlin Office)

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Date Written: September 2013

Abstract

The flight and expulsion of Germans from Eastern Europe after World War II constitutes one of the largest forced population movements in history. We analyse the economic integration of these migrants and their offspring in West Germany. A quarter century after displacement, first‐generation migrants still tend to fare worse economically. Displaced agricultural workers, however, exhibit higher incomes than comparable natives, as displacement caused large‐scale transitions out of low‐paid agriculture. Differences in economic outcomes of second‐generation migrants resemble those of the first generation.

Suggested Citation

Bauer, Thomas and Braun, Sebastian Till and Kvasnicka, Michael, The Economic Integration of Forced Migrants: Evidence for Post‐War Germany (September 2013). The Economic Journal, Vol. 123, Issue 571, pp. 998-1024, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2332932 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecoj.12023

Thomas Bauer (Contact Author)

Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen) ( email )

Hohenzollernstr. 1-3
Essen, 45128
Germany

Sebastian Till Braun

Kiel Institute for the World Economy - IFW ( email )

United States

Michael Kvasnicka

RWI Essen (Berlin Office) ( email )

Hohenzollernstr. 1-3
Berlin, 45128
Germany

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