Austerity and the rise of the nazi party

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  • Galofré-Vilà, Gregori (Universidad Pública de Navarra)
  • M. Meissner, Christopher (University of California, Davis, and the NBER)
  • McKee, Martin (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)
  • Stuckler, David (University of Bocconi)
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  • Abstract

    The datasets and replication kit in this project are associated with the research paper, 'Austerity and the rise of the Nazi party'. In this paper we study the link between fiscal austerity and Nazi electoral success. Voting data from a thousand districts and a hundred cities for four elections between 1930 and 1933 show that areas more affected by austerity (spending cuts and tax increases) had relatively higher vote shares for the Nazi Party. We also find that the localities with relatively high austerity experienced relatively high suffering (measured by mortality rates) and these areas’ electorates were more likely to vote for the Nazi Party. Our findings are robust to a range of specifications including an instrumental variable strategy and a border-pair policy discontinuity design.
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
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    DOI: 10.3886/E125101

Update Metadata: 2020-10-25 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2020-10-25