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Voting behavior and public employment in Nazi Germany

Maurer, Stephan E. (2018) Voting behavior and public employment in Nazi Germany. Journal of Economic History, 78 (1). pp. 1-39. ISSN 0022-0507

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0022050718000037


This paper analyzes whether the German National Socialists used economic policies to reward their voters after coming to power in 1933. Using newly-collected data on public employment from the German censuses in 1925, 1933, and 1939 and addressing the potential endogeneity of the NSDAP vote share in 1933 by way of an instrumental variables strategy based on a similar party in Imperial Germany, I find that cities with higher NSDAP 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 2.5 percent.

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Additional Information: © 2017 The Economic History Association
Divisions: Economics
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DD Germany
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2017 13:52
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:31

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