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Расстояние от границы как фактор роста городов: оценка последствий отторжения Эльзаса и Лотарингии методом разности в разностях

С. 150-161.

According to the Treaty of Frankfurt (1871) France lost Alsace and Lorraine. In the paper I estimate how a new border affected a growth of towns. Applying difference-in-differences methodology to census data for 1831-1911, I obtain paradoxical result. New border stimulates growth of nearby towns. Observed effect is turned to be persistent and robust to specification changes. Obtained results are contradicted to both theory and other empirical studies (Sturm, Redding (2008), Brülhart et al.(2012) and others).