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Voting behaviour and public employment in Nazi Germany

Maurer, Stephan E. (2015) Voting behaviour and public employment in Nazi Germany. CEP Discussion Papers (CEPDP1326). Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

This paper analyses whether the German National Socialists used economic policies to reward their voters after their rise to power in 1933. Using data on public employment in the armed forces, public administrations and related professions from the German occupational censuses in 1925, 1933 and 1939 and addressing the potential endogeneity of the National Socialist vote share in 1933 by way of an instrumental variables strategy based on a similar party in Imperial Germany 1912, I find that cities with higher National Socialist vote shares experienced a relative increase in public employment: for every additional percentage point in the vote share, the number of public employment jobs increased by around 3.5 percent. When measured relative to the total population, a one standard-deviation increase in the 1933 vote share led to an increase in the share of public employment of a quarter of a standard deviation.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/_new/publications/series.asp?...
Additional Information: © 2015 The Author
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D7 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making > D72 - Economic Models of Political Processes: Rent-Seeking, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
D - Microeconomics > D7 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making > D73 - Bureaucracy; Administrative Processes in Public Organizations; Corruption
N - Economic History > N4 - Government, War, Law, and Regulation > N44 - Europe: 1913-
N - Economic History > N9 - Regional and Urban History > N94 - Europe: 1913-
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2015 13:03
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2019 04:49
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/61021

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