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Abstract:

Journal Article
Voting behavior and public employment in Nazi Germany
Stephan E. Maurer
March 2018

Journal of Economic History 78(1), 2018
DOI: 10.1017/S0022050718000037

This article analyzes whether the German National Socialists used economic policies to reward their voters after coming to power in 1933. Using newly-collected data on public employment from the German censuses in 1925, 1933, and 1939 and addressing the potential endogeneity of the NSDAP vote share in 1933 by way of an instrumental variables strategy based on a similar party in Imperial Germany, I find that cities with higher NSDAP vote shares experienced a relative increase in public employment: for every additional percentage point in the vote share, the number of public employment jobs increased by around 2.5 percent.

DOI: 10.1017/S0022050718000037