Saturday, May 05, 2007

Good bye Lenin?

Alberto Alesina and Nicola Fuchs-Schündeln look at the attitudes towards the state in the paper Good bye Lenin (or not?): The effect of Communism on people's preferences.

They use the post-unification GSOEP to look at how West Germans' and East Germans' answer to state intervention can be explained by age/cohort and other variables. They find that East Germans are much more pro-state. This comes as no surprise as a simple look at votes would reveal. They also estimate that it will take two generations for opinions to converge.

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