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From Imaginary Profits to Armament Boom. The Yield on Company Capital of German Industrial Joint-Stock Companies 1925-1941

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Spoerer, Mark (Universität Hohenheim)
Publication Date
  • M. Spoerer, Universitaet Hohenheim (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Historical Studies Data
  • Abstract

    This study deals with the German industry’s profitability during the period of the so called ‘Golden Twenties’ and the during the NS-Regime, in order to answer the question if industrial profits in the thirties due to the close cooperation with the Nazi-Regime in Germany would have been higher or lower in comparison to profits gained in normal periods. Was the profit development more favorable in the branches relevant for armament than in typical consumer goods branches? Topics: Tables in HISTAT: - Stated income-to-equity ratio of German industrial corporations, 1886-1939 by Branches (in %) - Average yearly income-to-equity ratio of German incorporated companies of industrial sector, 1926-1938 (in Mio. RM) - Price indices of capital goods and industrial finished goods 1924-1932 - Real growth rates of the social product and of industrial production per capita, 1886-1913 and 1926-1941 (in %) - Tax burden, profit report behavior and dividend distribution of German incorporated companies, 1925-1941 (Mio. RM)
Temporal Coverage
  • 1925 / 1941
Geographic Coverage
  • German Reich (1871-1945) (DXDE)
Sampling Procedure Comment: Investigation periods: 1925-1929, 1933-1942, 1886-1936.
Collection Mode
  • Evaluation of archive materials: Master databases with the most important data of the businesses investigated (company, area of business affiliation, start of business year and length) from the handbook of German joint-stock companies 1924 - 1944 Movement database of the published business balances with all data relevant to profits and company capital from the handbook of German joint-stock companies 1924 - 1944. Movement database of the unpublished tax balances from the Federal Archive Koblenz and Potsdam, nine state archives, five business archives.
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Text Unit
    Number of Units: 50
    Number of Variables: 75
Before evaluation of the data the researcher recommends reading the 5th chapter of the primary publication "Von Scheingewinnen zum Ruestungsboom. Die Eigenkapitalrendite der deutschen Industrieaktiengesellschaften 1925 -1941".
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA8118 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Spoerer, Mark: Von Scheingewinnen zum Rüstungsboom. Die Eigenkapitalrendite der deutschen Industrieaktiengesellschaften 1925-1941. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag 1996. (Vierteljahreszeitschrift zur Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte, Beiheft 123).
  • Spoerer, Mark: What News Estimates of Industrial Profitability Can Tell Us About. The Weimar and the Nazi Economy. (Erscheint demnächst, bis dahin verfügbar in der Reihe: Diskussionsbeiträge aus dem Institut für Volkwirtschaftslehre der Universität Hohenheim Nr. 125/1996.)
  • Spoerer, Mark: Wahre Bilanzen: Die Steuerbilanz als unternehmenshistorische Quelle. In: Zeitschrift für Unternehmensgeschichte 40, 1995, S. 158-179

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 19 | Registration Date: 2010-07-23

Spoerer, Mark (1996): Von Scheingewinnen zum Rüstungsboom. Die Eigenkapitalrendite der deutschen Industrieaktiengesellschaften 1925-1941. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.