Wayne Geerling

Wayne Geerling
Monash University (Australia) · Department of Economics

PhD (University of Melbourne)

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July 2012 - June 2016
Pennsylvania State University
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This chapter looks at the formative years of the GDR. It begins by outlining the conditions of the immediate post-war period, identifying the challenges the new regime encountered. Chief among these was the task of returning the economy back to a stable, peacetime footing. Beyond that, the regime sought, in steps, to socialise the workplace, notabl...
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This chapter brings together the different threads of analysis explored in preceding chapters. It discusses how the adoption of a behavioural economics approach to East German economic history can alter some of the common perceptions and beliefs about how Soviet-style economic systems operated. The new outlooks it generates, of course, do not chang...
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This chapter provides a brief overview of some of the key findings of behavioural economics. Particular attention is devoted to the question of how decisions are made and implemented in complex systems, such as planned economies. The main goal of the chapter is to introduce the concepts and terminology used in subsequent chapters. The topics discus...
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In the 1970s and 1980s, the SED’s policy of continually expanding the provision of social welfare brought the state to the point of bankruptcy. Despite awareness of the trajectory the country was on, the party’s leadership opted not to act, choosing instead to continue on the same path. For some, this failure to act to avert crisis is seen as proof...
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This chapter explores the GDR’s search for new and distinctly socialist sources of productivity growth in the l950s and 1960s. It examines the case of the Mitrofanov Method. This method, developed by the Soviet engineer, Sergei Mitrofanov, gave rise to the concept of group technology, a manufacturing technique in which parts having similar characte...
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In this chapter, a survey of East German economic history is undertaken and important gaps in our understanding are identified. Key among these is the observation that recent work in the field has tended to focus on what is seen as the system’s inevitable failure. Yet, East Germany’s economic history was always much more diverse than that. While th...
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East Germany’s economic history is typically told as a story of the unravelling of an inherently flawed system. Yet, while the system’s inefficiency is undeniable, its economic history was much richer than its comparatively poor economic performance suggests. For many who lived there, it was a system that, over its forty years, was capable of achie...
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Confronted by chronic shortages and low productivity, the East German regime constantly sought ways to find savings and efficiencies. Under the mantra of “intensification” and socialist “rationalisation”, it experimented with a host of measures to free up resources. This chapter focuses its attention on one of its most significant attempts at inten...
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Abstract: Economic educators have been teaching with pop culture for decades, but until recently the focus was on English-based media. In this paper, we build on the work of Wooten al. (2021b), who showed how K-pop can be integrated into the principles-level curriculum. We develop three teaching guides that can be used to teach aspects of behaviora...
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Economic educators have been teaching with pop culture for decades, but the idea of using foreign-language teaching resources to create a more inclusive and diverse classroom has only recently been taken up. This paper builds on the work of Wooten et al. (2020), who have shown how K-pop can be integrated into an English-language classroom. We expan...
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This article explores the link between the Soviet occupation of Eastern Germany and internal resistance within the German Democratic Republic. It finds that ongoing payment of reparations out of local production by East Germans, via the Soviet’s ownership of prominent local companies, affected both the incidence and the intensity of unrest experien...
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Economic educators have been teaching with pop culture for decades, but no primary work has identified media from foreign-language sources. We provide three teaching guides that capitalize on the growth of Korean popular music and can be integrated into the principles curriculum. The three artists chosen – BTS, BLACKPINK and EXO-CBX – have huge glo...
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Are deep-rooted democratic, and other political, traditions related to geographical manifestations of resistance to authoritarian regimes? In this article, we address this question by studying the regional pattern of the most serious form of resistance experienced in prewar Nazi Germany, namely, those acts of resistance that resulted in arrest for...
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We examine the relationship between local precinct-based activities of the Nazi (NSDAP) Party and voter turnout in the July 1932 Reichstag election. We find each additional NSDAP member per 10,000 eligible voters was associated with a 0.225 to 0.317 per cent increase in voter turnout, which corresponds to eight to 11 additional voters on election d...
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We outline an early-semester social activity designed to engage students with course material at an early point in the semester, but also to foster social and academic connections. Social engagement among students has been shown to have a positive impact on learning and the move to remote and online teaching has placed students in an environment la...
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This paper uses the film Crazy Rich Asians (2018) to illustrate an active-learning technique for teaching game theory in introductory classes. Burke, Robak and Stumph (2018) show that using popular films in class is an effective way to teach core game theory concepts. We build on this work by using three key scenes from Crazy Rich Asians, providing...
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Behavioral economics is an increasingly prominent field within economics and we review the case for its incorporation into undergraduate Economics curricula. We argue that behavioral findings can inform the teaching template itself and (economics) education policy more generally. The pedagogical and behavioral literature informs us that learners ar...
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Online Appendix to Wayne Geerling, Gary Magee and Russell Smyth,“Occupation, Reparations and Rebellion: The Soviets and the East German Uprising of 1953”, Journal of Interdisciplinary History
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We examine how the decision-making of political elites respond to an imminent external threat to the existence of the state in times of war. To do so, we exploit exogeneous variation in exposure to battle deaths and bombing raids to estimate the effect of variation in the intensity of war on the probability that individuals charged with treason and...
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This is the online appendix for 'Bad News from the Front' published in Economic Inquiry
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This article describes a student group project (Music for Econ) which synthesizes music with economics and is a great way to connect with your audience. We trace the journey of Music for Econ from its inception as a Pop-Up video in the early 2000s through to the creation of a Music for Econ library on Critical Commons. Music for Econ is a pedagogic...
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This paper describes an active-learning technique for teaching how models evolve over time. Models lie at the heart of economic analysis, yet many students struggle because they lack the spatial skills to interpret the models. We expand on the work of Geerling and Mateer (2014), who showed that using a paper airplane experiment in class was a great...
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The choice to resist dictatorship or not is commonly depicted as a matter of personal morality and courage. Adopting concepts from the economics of identity, this article analyzes precinct-level data on arrests for high treason in prewar Nazi Germany to determine whether regional factors also contributed to observed patterns of resistance. It finds...
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To what extent do judges in courts in authoritarian regimes merely implement the will of the state? What determines judges’ behaviour in such contexts? We address these questions by examining the role of judicial policy preferences in influencing whether judges in Nazi Germany sentenced defendants charged with serious political offences - treason a...
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Using examples in the classroom from current and past television shows and movies is becoming increasingly common. Being able to relate ideas back to a popular clip or episode allows the instructor to reach students in ways the traditional lecture cannot. Building on the work of Tierney, Mateer, Smith, Wooten, and Geerling (2016), this paper introd...
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This chapter provides a comprehensive description of the data and sources that lie at the heart of the research undertaken and reported in this book. It notes that the collection of court records, from which the Quantifying Resistance database was constructed, the Resistance as High Treason project (Widerstand als Hochverrat), was the first of its...
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This chapter provides an overview of some of the key personal and environmental characteristics of those who participated in serious resistance to the Nazi regime. It reminds us that as a group they were more than just the politics to which they subscribed. Moreover, the chapter describes a range of interesting phenomena: inter alia, the steady agi...
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In this chapter, we turn our attention to another feature of the resister’s story, one that has typically been less scrutinised and certainly is not as well understood: their experience once they had been arrested and entered custody. It was there in the interrogation chambers, cells and court rooms of the Nazi regime that the personal consequences...
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In this chapter, our analysis of serious internal resistance to Hitler’s regime begins with an examination of the overall structure and composition of that resistance from the inception of Nazi rule in January 1933 through to the collapse of the German legal system in early 1945. The chapter seeks to answer two fundamental questions in particular,...
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Since the end of the Second World War, historical research on German and Austrian resistance has steadily expanded, deepened and enrichened our understanding of the phenomenon. Like all healthy fields of research, though, mysteries and gaps not only persist but are constantly being opened up. This book has sought to add to that accumulated knowledg...
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Despite the personal dangers involved, a remarkable number of Germans and Austrians chose to resist the Nazi regime. The aim of this chapter is to provide a succinct, yet comprehensive, overview of the myriad groups and organisations of differing political, religious and ethnic persuasions that took the fateful decision to resist the regime. The ch...
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This book presents and uses a major, new database of the most serious forms of internal resistance to the Nazi state to study empirically the whole phenomenon of resistance to an authoritarian regime. By studying serious political resistance from a quantitative historical perspective, the book opens up a new avenue of research for economic history....
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Bazinganomics.com is designed to provide instructors with clips, explanations, and lesson plans related to economics concepts from TV’s 2nd most-watched broadcast show of the 2014-2015 season, CBS’s The Big Bang Theory. The site contains approximately 100 clips. As the show continues to air (currently signed through the 2016-2017 season) the author...
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This article examines econometrically the impact of judicial discretion on the sentencing of a sample of individuals convicted of high treason or treason in Nazi Germany between 1933 and 1939. It finds that, notwithstanding the political nature of these trials, senior Nazi-era judges not only exhibited statistically significant levels of discretion...
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Analysis of the sixty-nine juveniles tried for high treason before the People's Court in Nazi Germany between 1933 and 1945, based on the available court records, finds that juvenile resistance in Nazi Germany possessed a distinct form and character; it was a phenomenon rather than an exceptional act. Juvenile resisters charged with high treason we...
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This article examines the introduction of piecework, a key aspect of the Soviet workplace, in occupied East Germany. As elsewhere, its implementation encountered persistent hostility from the workforce. What made this episode different, though, was that this process occurred within a context of acute economic and political uncertainty. As this arti...
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This article examines the pedagogical benefits of using multimedia in the teaching of economics at an undergraduate level, then provides an example from my own teaching to serve as a reference for lecturers interested in creating an interactive learning environment, which prompts genuine two-way discussion in the classroom and produces better learn...
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This article examines the pedagogical benefits of using multimedia in the teaching of economics at an undergraduate level, then provides an example from my own teaching to serve as a reference for lecturers interested in creating an interactive learning environment, which prompts genuine two-way discussion in the classroom and produces better learn...
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A range of cross-sectional models are estimated with a view to establishing the factors that determine the valuation of professional athletes in a highly-specialised sport, with an application to cricket's Indian Premier League (IPL). We distinguish between personal characteristic and playing ability factors, and with respect to the former, between...
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This paper examines the introduction of piecework, a key aspect of the Soviet workplace, in occupied East Germany. As elsewhere, its implementation encountered persistent hostility from the workforce. What made this episode different, though, was that this process occurred within a context of acute economic and political uncertainty. As this paper...
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This article examines the pedagogical benefits of using multimedia in the teaching of economics at an undergraduate level, then provides an example from my own teaching to serve as a reference for lecturers interested in creating an interactive learning environment, which prompts genuine two-way discussion in the classroom and produces better learn...
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This paper begins by asking a fundamental question: why do students who take Economics at an introductory level often leave the subject without understanding even the most basic economic principles? The superficial answer seems to be that courses try to cover too many concepts at the expense of mastering the important threshold concepts. Another is...

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