Quotation Boberg-Fazlić, Nina, Lampe, Markus, Sharp, Paul. 2021. The Sleeping Giant Who Left for America: The Determinants and Impact of Danish Emigration During the Age of Mass Migration. European Historical Economics Working Paper 213.


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What determines emigration, and what impact does it have on the sending country? We consider the case of Denmark between 1868 and 1908, when a large number of people left for America. A significant fraction of these were tyender, a servant-like occupational group that was heavily discriminated against at the time, and who saw little opportunities for advancement at home. We exploit the fact that the Danish agrarian reforms between 1784 and 1807 had differential impacts on this class of landless laborers around the country, and use detailed parish-level data – police protocols of emigrants; population censuses and land registers – to show that areas with a more unequal distribution of land witnessed larger emigration. We then use income tax data, finding evidence of a positive income effect on the areas which saw most emigration.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Working/discussion paper, preprint
Language English
Title The Sleeping Giant Who Left for America: The Determinants and Impact of Danish Emigration During the Age of Mass Migration
Title of whole publication European Historical Economics Working Paper 213
Year 2021
URL https://ideas.repec.org/p/hes/wpaper/0213.html
JEL J15, N33, O15

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Lampe, Markus (Details)
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Boberg-Fazlić, Nina (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)
Sharp, Paul (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)
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Institute for Economic and Social History IN (Details)
Research Institute for Spatial and Real Estate Economics FI (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5340 Economic history (Details)
5952 Migration research, emigration -, (Details)
6518 Social history (Details)
6521 Economic history (Details)
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