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Self-reinforcing shocks: evidence from a resettlement policy

Kangasharju, Aki and Sarvimäki, Matti (2010) Self-reinforcing shocks: evidence from a resettlement policy. SERC Discussion Papers, SERCDP0047. Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC), London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

We examine the long-term effects of resettling 11 percent of the Finnish population from areas ceded to the Soviet Union during World War II. Our empirical strategy exploits features of the resettlement policy as a source of plausibly exogenous variation in population growth. The results suggest that a 10 percent increase in the population of a rural location during the war caused an additional 15 percent growth during the next five decades. The growth was driven by migration and led to the expansion of the non-primary sector. The effect is larger for locations connected to the railway network.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://www.spatialeconomics.ac.uk/SERC/publication...
Additional Information: © 2010 Aki Kangasharju and Matti Sarvimäki
Library of Congress subject classification: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Sets: Research centres and groups > Spatial Economics Research Centre
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: SERCDP0047
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2011 11:18
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/33512/

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