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Lunchseminar in Economics: Scholars at Risks - Academic Networks and High-Skilled Emigration from Nazi Germany

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Speaker: Fabian Waldinger, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, D
Event date: Wednesday, 08 December 2021 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm
Place: ONLINE ACCESS


Abstract

We study the role of professional networks in facilitating emigration of Jewish academics dismissed from their jobs by the Nazi government. We use individual-level exogenous variation in the timing of dismissals to estimate the causal effect of networks. Academics with more ties to early émigrés (emigrated 1933-1934) were more likely to emigrate. Early émigrés functioned as “bridging nodes” that facilitated emigration to their own destination. We also distinguish between three kinds of social networks – family, community, or professional networks and study their relative importance. Lastly, we provide some of the first empirical evidence of decay in social ties over time.

 

Fabian Waldinger is a professor at the University of Munich. He has previously held faculty positions at the London School of Economics and the University of Warwick. He has held visiting positions at Harvard, MIT, and Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. His research interests include economics of science and innovation, economic history, and labor economics. His research has been published in leading economics journals such as the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Political Economy, and the Review of Economic Studies. He has won a number of awards for his research, including a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC), the Gossen Prize of the German Economic Association in 2020, and the Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2016. He is a director and serves on the editorial board of the Review of Economic Studies.