Expellee database

As part of the project “Die volkswirtschaftlichen Effekte der Vertriebenen und ihre Integration in Westdeutschland, 1945-70”, funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (grant no. BR 4979/1-1), we have collected detailed county-level data on the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of expellees (Heimatvertriebene) and non-expellees in West Germany after World War II. You can find the data here:

The corner stone of the database is the occupation and population census of 1950. Other data sources include the census of 1939, 1946 and 1961. Sources are listed in each spreadsheet. By downloading the data, you assume full responsibility for their use. Please get in touch if you think that you have discovered a digitization error.

Data and code for replication

“How Do Regional Labor Markets Adjust to Immigration: A Dynamic Analysis for Post-war Germany”, JIE 2020:

“Local Labor Markets and the Persistence of Population Shocks: Evidence from West Germany, 1939-70″, JoEG 2020:

“Resettlement Location Shapes the Integration of Forced Migrants: Evidence from Post-war Germany”, EEH 2020:

“The Employment Effects of Immigration: Evidence from the Mass Arrival of German Expellees in Post-war Germany”, JEH 2014: