Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/142255
Authors: 
Hyll, Walter
Schneider, Lutz
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IWH Discussion Papers 21/2016
Abstract: 
We analyze whether social distress from income comparisons affects attitudes towards the integration of economies. Using Germany’s division as natural experiment, we find that East Germans’ feelings of relative deprivation with respect to better-off West Germans led to significantly more support for the upcoming German re-unification.
Subjects: 
relative deprivation,
economic integration
merger of populations
social comparisons
natural experiment
JEL: 
D31
F15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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