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Peer Review Status: Unrefereed
Title: Catch Me If You Can: Education and Catch-up in the Industrial Revolution
Author(s): Becker, Sascha
Hornung, Erik
Woessmann, Ludger
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Citation: Becker S, Hornung E & Woessmann L (2009) Catch Me If You Can: Education and Catch-up in the Industrial Revolution. Stirling Economics Discussion Paper, 2009-19.
Keywords: Human capital
Prussian economic history
JEL Code(s): N13
Issue Date: Sep-2009
Series/Report no.: Stirling Economics Discussion Paper, 2009-19
Abstract: Existing evidence, mostly from British textile industries, rejects the importance of formal education for the Industrial Revolution. We provide new evidence from Prussia, a technological follower, where early-19th-century institutional reforms created the conditions to adopt the exogenously emerging new technologies. Our unique school-enrollment and factory-employment database links 334 counties from pre-industrial 1816 to two industrial phases in 1849 and 1882. Controlling extensively for pre-industrial development, we use pre-industrial education as an instrument to identify variation in later education that is exogenous to industrialization itself. We find that basic education significantly accelerated nontextile industrialization in both phases of the Industrial Revolution.
Type: Working or Discussion Paper
Affiliation: Economics
Ifo Institute for Economic Research, Germany
University of Munich

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