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Title: The Effect of Protestantism on Education before the Industrialization: Evidence from 1816 Prussia
Authors: Becker, Sascha
Woessmann, Ludger
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Citation: Becker S & Woessmann L (2010) The Effect of Protestantism on Education before the Industrialization: Evidence from 1816 Prussia. Stirling Economics Discussion Paper, 2010-01.
Keywords: Education
JEL Code(s): I21
Issue Date: Jan-2010
Series/Report no.: Stirling Economics Discussion Paper, 2010-01
Abstract: This paper uses recently discovered data on nearly 300 Prussian counties in 1816 to show that Protestantism led to more schools and higher school enrollment already before the industrialization. This evidence supports the human capital theory of Protestant economic history of Becker and Woessmann (2009), where Protestantism first led to better education, which in turn facilitated industrial development. It rules out that the existing end-of-19th-century evidence can be explained by a Weberian explanation, where a Protestant work ethic first led to industrialization which then increased the demand for education.
Type: Working or Discussion Paper
Rights: This discussion paper is the post-print version of an article subsequently published in Economics Letters by Elsevier. Sascha O. Becker and Ludger Woessmann 'The effect of Protestantism on education before the industrialization: Evidence from 1816 Prussia', Economics Letters, Volume 107, Issue 2, May 2010, pp. 224-228.
Affiliation: Economics
University of Munich

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