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CentrePiece article
Long shadow of the Berlin Wall
Arnaud Chevalier and Olivier Marie
January 2015
Paper No' CEPCP436:
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CentrePiece 19 (3) Winter 2015

JEL Classification: J13; K42

Tags: crime; parental selection; fertility; economic uncertainty; risk attitude

Do people born at different points of the economic cycle have different outcomes – and if so, why? Arnaud Chevalier and Olivier Marie examine the educational attainment and criminal activity of children born in East Germany in the few years after the fall of the Berlin Wall – a time when uncertainty about the future was extremely high.

This article summarises ‘Economic Uncertainty, Parental Selection, and the Criminal Activity of the “Children of the Wall”’ by Arnaud Chevalier and Olivier Marie, CEP Discussion Paper No.1256, January 2014