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Jahrbuch für Wirtschaftsgeschichte / Economic History Yearbook

Ed. by Ziegler, Dieter


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Volume 54, Issue 1

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Die Entwicklung des Lebensstandards im Dritten Reich – Eine glücksökonomische Perspektive

Fabian Wahl
  • Universität Hohenheim, LS f. Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte mit Agrarg, Stuttgart, Deutschland
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Published Online: 2013-06-03 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/jbwg.2013.0006

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to provide an explanation for the remarkable difference in the contemporary Germans’ positive self-assessment of their living conditions and the development of the most important economic welfare indicators (like GDP or consumption per capita) during the Third Reich. To explain this discrepancy, findings from the new research field of happiness economics are applied to the peacetime Third Reich to analyze the development of the standard of living in this period. To start with, the development of the most important economic determinants of happiness during the 1930s is examined, based on current life satisfaction studies. In the second step, the theory of adaption and aspiration is used to explain the growing satisfaction of the Germans after the Great Depression.

Keywords: Economic History; Third Reich; Happiness Economics; Standard of Living

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Published Online: 2013-06-03

Published in Print: 2013-06-01


Citation Information: Jahrbuch für Wirtschaftsgeschichte / Economic History Yearbook, Volume 54, Issue 1, Pages 89–110, ISSN (Print) 0075-2800, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/jbwg.2013.0006.

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