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08 April 2021

The School of Economics and Finance invites you to attend a seminar, in person or on Zoom, where Professor Sascha Becker from Monash University will present on "Persecution and Escape: Professional Networks and High-Skilled Emigration from Nazi Germany".


We study the role of professional networks in facilitating the escape of persecuted academics from Nazi Germany. From 1933, the Nazi regime started to dismiss academics of Jewish origin from their positions. The timing of dismissals created individual-level exogenous variation in the timing of emigration from Nazi Germany, allowing us to estimate the causal effect of networks for emigration decisions. Academics with ties to more colleagues who had emigrated in 1933 or 1934 (early émigrés) were more likely to emigrate. The early émigrés functioned as “bridging nodes” that helped other academics cross over to their destination. Furthermore, we provide some of the first empirical evidence of decay in social ties over time. The strength of ties also decays across space, even within cities. Finally, for high-skilled migrants, professional networks are more important than community networks.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information please see Professor Sascha Becker's website.

Zoom Meeting ID: 810 8994 9444

Password: 391599


08 April 2021 - 08 April 2021
11:00am - 12:30pm
Gardens Point Campus, Z Block, Level 8 & Zoom
Free to attend
QUT School of Economics and Finance
Dr Greg Kubitz
07 3138 4252
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