A rippling effect of the Holocaust

first_imgRussian cities and regions whose Jewish populations bore the brunt of deaths and displacement in the Holocaust have seen lower economic growth and wages ever since, according to a detailed new analysis of seven decades of Soviet and Russian data. These same areas have tended to resist political reform, exhibiting greater popular support for Communist candidates since the collapse of the Soviet Union.The findings, by political scientists and economists at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, are presented in a new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.“The Holocaust wiped out many of the most educated and productive people in western Russia,” said co-author James A. Robinson, the David Florence Professor of Government at Harvard. “It was a major shock to the social structure of the invaded regions, dramatically reducing the size of the Russian middle class. While there is a broad body of literature on the psychological effects of the Holocaust, there has been almost no study of the long-term economic and political impact on the societies left behind. We set out to better understand how this cataclysmic event has continued to reverberate in Russia.”Most historians believe that a million Soviet Jews perished in the Holocaust, as the German army thrust into Soviet territory in 1941, followed by paramilitary death squads that systematically eradicated Jewish populations.Robinson and co-authors Daron Acemoglu of MIT and Tarek A. Hassan of Chicago Booth found that the killing of Jews in the Holocaust appears to have hurt many Russian cities and regions by permanently reducing the size of the middle class there. The analysis shows that Jews, despite being a small minority, made up a disproportionate share of the Russian middle class. Before World War II, 67 percent of Russian Jews held white-collar jobs, compared with only about 15 percent of non-Jews. In some of the invaded areas, 70 percent of physicians and many workers in high-skill jobs in trade and education were Jews.“The persecution of Jews had long-lasting effects on the societies left behind, not because Jews constituted a large share of the population, but because they constituted a large share of key strata of society, which are essential constituents of economic and political development,” said Hassan, an assistant professor of finance at Chicago Booth.In a five-year effort, the researchers combed over census and other data from across Russia, comparing economic and political outcomes in areas never occupied by the Nazis, those occupied with large Jewish populations, and those occupied with small Jewish populations.In the 11 Russian oblasts (administrative districts) most affected by the Holocaust, the Jewish population declined by an average 39 percent between 1939 and 1959. These areas now have markedly lower per-capita gross domestic product and lower average wages. The average GDP per capita was just $4,555 in 2002, compared with a nationwide average of $5,855.Acemoglu, Hassan, and Robinson also found a lasting tendency toward anti-reform politicians in these regions. In the 11 oblasts that suffered most under Nazi occupation, voters in the 1990s were more favorably disposed toward Communist candidates than were citizens in other regions. They also demonstrated greater support for preserving the Soviet Union in a 1991 plebiscite called by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.While the correlation between economic and political outcomes and the decline in Jewish population is a strong one, Robinson cautions that the relationship may be influenced by other factors.“We find a robust relationship between the decline in Jewish populations and subsequent economic development, but this study is not meant to be the final word on this topic,” he said. “This is a first attempt to analyze this question, and one which will hopefully encourage other researchers to study the long-term political and economic effects of this wrenching event.”The research was funded in part by the William A. Ackman Fund for Holocaust Studies and the Warburg Foundation.last_img read more

Only two apartments left for sale at Bilinga’s Seychelles on Pacific

first_imgRenders of Seychelles on Pacific.Apartments will feature large terrace-style balconies with built in barbecues and Miele appliances in the kitchen while each residence will have two car parks and storage. Prices start from $1.45 million while body corporate charges are expected to be around $100 a week. The development, at 102 Pacific Pde, is pet-friendly with lift access to each level. Construction is expected to start in April, 2019. “We expect Seychelles will be sold out well before construction starts,” Mr Stringer said. Renders of Seychelles on Pacific. Renders of Seychelles on Pacific.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“We have received an overwhelming response from prospective purchasers with seven expressions received in the last three weeks and only two apartments remaining,” marketing agent David Stringer of DJ Stringer Property Services — Coolangatta said.“The demand for beachfront property is exceptionally strong with buyers looking for a luxury property in a boutique complex, with a myriad of lifestyle options.” Mr Stringer said Seychelles on Pacific was positioned on the ‘Golden Mile’ — the beachfront esplanade of Bilinga and North Kirra. Renders of Seychelles on Pacific. Renders of Seychelles on Pacific.INTEREST in a new luxury apartment project on the southern Gold Coast has been so great there are only two residences left for sale. Bilinga development Seychelles on Pacific will include nine apartments over seven levels with views from Rainbow Bay to Surfers Paradise. Renders of Seychelles on Pacific. “For surfers and beach lovers, you will immerse yourself into beach breaks right out your front door and miles of uncrowded beach to worship the sun,” he said. “In addition, the superb 8km ocean pathway has just been completed allowing you to cycle or walk from Currumbin right down to Rainbow Bay and Tweed Heads.” Three-bedroom apartments range in size from 160sq m to 181sq m while 305sq m whole-floor “super apartments” include three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a media room. last_img read more