Guns and Butter - But no Margarine: The Impact of Nazi Economic Policies on German Food Consumption, 1933-38


Spoerer, Mark ; Streb, Jochen



Additional URL: http://opus.ub.uni-hohenheim.de/volltexte/2011/531...
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2010
The title of a journal, publication series: FZID Discussion Papers
Volume: 23
Place of publication: Stuttgart
Publishing house: Univ. Hohenheim, Forschungszentrum Innovation und Dienstleistung
ISSN: 1867-934X, 1868-0720
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Law and Economics > Wirtschaftsgeschichte (Streb)
Subject: 330 Economics
900 History
Keywords (English): NS economy
Abstract: The German population's material standard of living during the 'peace years' of the Nazi regime (1933-38) is much debated. We use hitherto disregarded consumption data and the axiom of revealed preferences to test whether the material standard of living improved. We find that the food consumption bundle realized in 1935-36 must have been inferior to that of 1927-28 although GDP per capita was much higher. Even in 1937-38 consumers were probably worse off compared to 1927-28. We conclude that increasing consumption constraints forced German consumers to a diet and thus to a material standard of living that were much more frugal than national income figures suggest.

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