The Role of Private Property in the Nazi Economy: The Case of Industry

@article{Buchheim2004TheRO,
  title={The Role of Private Property in the Nazi Economy: The Case of Industry},
  author={Christoph Buchheim and Jonas Scherner},
  journal={The Journal of Economic History},
  year={2004},
  volume={66},
  pages={390-416}
}
Private property in the industry of the Third Reich is often considered a mere nominal provision without much substance. However, that is not correct, because firms, despite the rationing and licensing activities of the state, still had ample scope to devise their own production and investment profiles. Even regarding war-related projects, freedom of contract was generally respected; instead of using power, the state offered firms a number of contract options to choose from. There were several… 
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