Chris Blattman

Did the Holocaust lower economic growth in Russia?

Cities that experienced the Holocaust most intensely have grown less, and cities as well as administrative districts (oblasts) where the Holocaust had the largest impact have worse economic and political outcomes since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

…Before World War II, Russian Jews were predominantly in white collar (middle class) occupations and the Holocaust appears to have had a large negative effect on the size of the middle class after the war.

That is Daron Acemoglu, Tarek Hassan and Jim Robinson in a new paper.

2 Responses

  1. It is very natural.Russia is a country with severe climatic condition like Afghanistan. So economic development is only possible in few areas. People run away from holocaust- so how can development possible without people?

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