Escaping Europe: Health and Human Capital of Holocaust Refugees

Matthias Blum, Claudia Rei

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

4 Citations (Scopus)
59 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

The large-scale persecution of European Jews during the Second World War generated massive refugee movements. We study the last wave of Holocaust refugees with a newly compiled dataset of mostly Jewish passengers from several European countries traveling from Lisbon to New York between 1940 and 1942. We find that both refugee and non-refugee passengers were positively selected, but non-refugees were even more so, suggesting it was predominantly the European elite who escaped the Holocaust during this period. In spite of the unique circumstances of this historical setting, this episode of migration displays well-known selection features: both refugees and non-refugees are positively selected, and earlier passengers are more positively selected than later passengers, and economic barriers to migration apply.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-27
Number of pages27
JournalEuropean Review of Economic History
Volume22
Issue number1
Early online date26 Oct 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Feb 2018

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Escaping Europe: Health and Human Capital of Holocaust Refugees'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this