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Highway to Hitler


Voigtländer, Nico; Voth, Hans-Joachim (2014). Highway to Hitler. Working paper series / Department of Economics 156, University of Zurich.

Abstract

Can infrastructure investment win "hearts and minds"? We analyze a famous case in the early stages of dictatorship - the building of the motorway network in Nazi Germany. The Autobahn was one of the most important projects of the Hitler government. It was intended to reduce unemployment, and was widely used for propaganda purposes. We examine its role in increasing support for the NS regime by analyzing new data on motorway construction and the 1934 plebiscite, which gave Hitler great powers as head of state. Our results suggest that road building was highly effective, reducing opposition to the nascent Nazi regime.

Abstract

Can infrastructure investment win "hearts and minds"? We analyze a famous case in the early stages of dictatorship - the building of the motorway network in Nazi Germany. The Autobahn was one of the most important projects of the Hitler government. It was intended to reduce unemployment, and was widely used for propaganda purposes. We examine its role in increasing support for the NS regime by analyzing new data on motorway construction and the 1934 plebiscite, which gave Hitler great powers as head of state. Our results suggest that road building was highly effective, reducing opposition to the nascent Nazi regime.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
JEL Classification:H54, P16, N44, N94
Uncontrolled Keywords:Political economy, infrastructure spending, establishment of dictatorships, pork‐barrel politics, Nazi regime
Language:English
Date:May 2014
Deposited On:26 May 2014 12:27
Last Modified:15 Aug 2017 11:56
Series Name:Working paper series / Department of Economics
Number of Pages:37
ISSN:1664-7041 (P) 1664-705X (E)
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/static/wp/econwp156.pdf
Related URLs:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/static/workingpapers.php

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