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Forced Migration and Human Capital: Evidence from Post-WWII Population Transfers

Voigtlaender, N; Becker, S; Grosfeld, I; Grosjean, P; Zhuravskaya, E; (2020) Forced Migration and Human Capital: Evidence from Post-WWII Population Transfers. The American Economic Review , 110 (5) pp. 1430-1463. 10.1257/aer.20181518. Green open access

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Abstract

We study the long-run effects of forced migration on investment in education. After World War II, millions of Poles were forcibly uprooted from the Kresy territories of eastern Poland and resettled ( primarily) in the newly acquired Western Territories, from which the Germans were expelled. We combine historical censuses with newly collected survey data to show that, while there were no pre-WWII differences in educational attainment, Poles with a family history of forced migration are significantly more educated today than other Poles. These results are driven by a shift in preferences away from material possessions toward investment in human capital.

Type: Article
Title: Forced Migration and Human Capital: Evidence from Post-WWII Population Transfers
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1257/aer.20181518
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.20181518
Language: English
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10086419
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