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

Resource Type
Dataset : census/enumeration data, survey data
  • Becker, Sascha
  • Grosfeld, Irena (Paris School of Economics)
  • Grosjean, Pauline (UNSW)
  • Voigtländer, Nico (UCLA Anderson School of Management)
  • Zhuravskaya, Ekaterina (Paris School of Economics)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • ESRC Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy
    • Award Number: ES/L011719/1
  • European Research Council (ERC): European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program
    • Award Number: 646662
  • Australian Research Council
    • Award Number: FT190100298
Free Keywords
Poland; Forced Migration; Uprootedness; Human Capital
  • 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.
Geographic Coverage
  • Poland
  • Is supplement to
    DOI: 10.1257/aer.20181518 (Text)
  • Becker, Sascha O., Irena Grosfeld, Pauline Grosjean, Nico Voigtländer, and Ekaterina Zhuravskaya. “Forced Migration and Human Capital: Evidence from Post-WWII Population Transfers.” American Economic Review 110, no. 5 (May 2020): 1430–63.
    • ID: 10.1257/aer.20181518 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-05-18 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2020-04-15

Becker, Sascha; Grosfeld, Irena; Grosjean, Pauline; Voigtländer, Nico; Zhuravskaya, Ekaterina (2020): Data and Code for: Forced Migration and Human Capital: Evidence from Post-WWII Population Transfers. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.