Social Changes in Impressionable Years and Adult Political Attitudes: Evidence from Jewish Expulsions in Nazi Germany

25 Pages Posted: 14 May 2020

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Mevlude Akbulut-Yuksel

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Dozie Okoye

Dalhousie University - Department of Economics

Mutlu Yuksel

Dalhousie University; IZA

Date Written: January 2020

Abstract

This study provides evidence that individuals who grew up during the 1930's Jewish expulsions are less likely to show interest and participate in politics. The estimates imply that, at the mean, individuals in their impressionable ages at the time of the expulsions are about 13% less likely to be interested in politics and 26% less likely to participate in politics. These results are not found for individuals who were older at the time of the expulsions nor for those growing up during world War (WWII). Results are robust to fixed region and birth‐year characteristics, various definitions of impressionable ages, and composition bias induced by differential migration and mortality rates across regions and cohorts. The estimates are also not driven by other regional differences in 1930's political participation, party support, Catholic share, exposure and destruction during WWII, urbanization, and other regional characteristics. We provide evidence that the adverse effects on political attitudes we find are explained by a model of political participation emphasizing the role of civic skills and socioeconomic status acquired at younger ages. Exposure to the expulsions when young is associated with lower adult volunteerism, trust, church attendance, and socioeconomic status.

JEL Classification: O12, D72, D74, J15

Suggested Citation

Akbulut-Yuksel, Mevlude and Okoye, Dozie and Yuksel, Mutlu, Social Changes in Impressionable Years and Adult Political Attitudes: Evidence from Jewish Expulsions in Nazi Germany (January 2020). Economic Inquiry, Vol. 58, Issue 1, pp. 184-208, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3596439 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecin.12843

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Dozie Okoye

Dalhousie University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Mutlu Yuksel

Dalhousie University ( email )

Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3J5
Canada

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