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Economic integration across borders: The Polish interwar economy 1921–1937

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  06 September 2005

CARSTEN TRENKLER
Affiliation:
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institute for Statistics and Econometrics, School of Business and Economics, Spandauer Str. 1, 10178 Berlin, Germany
NIKOLAUS WOLF
Affiliation:
Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Economics, Boltzmannstr. 20, 14195 Berlin, Germany
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Abstract

In this article we study the issue of cross-border economic integration in the context of Poland’s reunification from 1919. We find that the Polish interwar economy can be regarded as integrated with some restrictions. Moreover, a significant negative impact of the former partition borders on the integration level in the early 1920s vanishes in the middle of the 1920s. This suggests that the post-reunification integration was surprisingly successful. The degree of integration is comparable to that of 19th century France.

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Research Article
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© Cambridge University Press 2005

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