Applied economics: Academic networks and high-skilled emigration from Nazi Germany

Published: 3 March 2022

9 March. Professor Sharun Mukand, University of Warwick

Professor Sharun Mukand, University of Warwick

'Scholars at Risk: Academic Networks and High-Skilled Emigration from Nazi Germany'(co-authored by S. O. Becker, V. Lindenthal & F. Waldinger)
Wednesday 9 March, 3pm - 4.15pm
Room 355, Gilbert Scott Building (Main Building)

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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.


Professor Sharun Mukand is a lecturer at the University of Warwick.

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First published: 3 March 2022

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