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On the economic consequences of the peace: trade and borders after Versailles

Wolf, Nikolaus, Schulze, Max-Stephan and Heinemeyer, Hans-Christian (2011) On the economic consequences of the peace: trade and borders after Versailles. Journal of Economic History, 71 (04). pp. 915-949. ISSN 0022-0507

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0022050711002191


The First World War radically altered the political landscape of Central Europe. The new borders after 1918 are typically viewed as detrimental to the region's economic integration and development. We argue that this view lacks historical perspective. It fails to take into account that the new borders followed a pattern of economic fragmentation that had emerged during the late nineteenth century. We estimate the effects of the new borders on trade and find that the “treatment effects” of these borders were quite limited. There is strong evidence that border changes occurred systematically along barriers which existed already before 1914.

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Additional Information: © 2011 Economic History Association
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JZ International relations
JEL classification: N - Economic History > N7 - Transport, International and Domestic Trade, Energy, Technology, and Other Services > N74 - Europe: 1913-
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2012 09:30
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:20

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