Corpus ID: 210937155

War Reparations, Structural Change, and Intergenerational Mobility

@inproceedings{Mitrunen2019WarRS,
  title={War Reparations, Structural Change, and Intergenerational Mobility},
  author={Matti Mitrunen},
  year={2019}
}
This paper presents evidence that government industrial policy can promote new industries, move labor out of agriculture into manufacturing, and have long-term effects via increased human capital accumulation and upward mobility. I use plausibly exogenous variation generated by the Finnish war reparations (1944-1952) that forced the largely agrarian Finland to give 5% of its yearly GDP to the Soviet Union in the form of industrial products. To meet these terms, the Finnish government provided… Expand
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