Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/149888
Authors: 
Franke, Richard
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Kiel Working Paper 2070
Abstract: 
Redding and Sturm (2008) use the German division as a natural experiment to study the importance of market access for regional development. They show empirically that cities close to the East-West German border experienced a significant decline in population growth due to division. I argue that their results are driven by the internal migration of refugees in the 1950s rather than the loss of market access. In fact, the treatment effect estimated by Redding and Sturm (2008) disappears completely once the refugee share in 1950 and boundary changes of sample cities are taken into account.
Subjects: 
Market Access
Regional Growth
Internal Migration
JEL: 
F15
N94
R12
R23
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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