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Replication data for: Goodbye Lenin (or Not?): The Effect of Communism on People's Preferences

Version
V0
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Alesina, Alberto
  • Fuchs-Schündeln, Nicola
Publication Date
2007-09-01
Description
  • Abstract

    Preferences for redistribution, as well as the generosity of welfare states, differ significantly across countries. This paper tests whether there exists a feedback process of the economic regime on individual preferences. We exploit the experiment of German separation and reunification to establish exogeneity of the economic system. We find that, after German reunification, East Germans are more in favor of state intervention than West Germans. This effect is especially strong for older cohorts. We further find that East Germans' preferences converge toward those of West Germans. It will take one to two generations for preferences to converge completely. (JEL D12, D72, H11, H23, P26)
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Relations
  • Is supplement to
    DOI: 10.1257/aer.97.4.1507 (Text)
Publications
  • Alesina, Alberto, and Nicola Fuchs-Schündeln. “Good-Bye Lenin (or Not?): The Effect of Communism on People’s Preferences.” American Economic Review 97, no. 4 (August 2007): 1507–28. https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.97.4.1507.
    • ID: 10.1257/aer.97.4.1507 (DOI)

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Alesina, Alberto; Fuchs-Schündeln, Nicola (2007): Replication data for: Goodbye Lenin (or Not?): The Effect of Communism on People's Preferences. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E116293