The effect of Protestantism on education before the industrialization: evidence from 1816 Prussia

Sascha O. Becker, Ludger Woessmann

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Abstract

Across Prussian counties and towns, Protestantism led to more schooling already in 1816, before the Industrial Revolution. This supports a human capital theory of Protestant economic history and rules out a Weberian explanation of Protestant education just resulting from industrialization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-228
Number of pages5
JournalEconomics Letters
Volume107
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Education
  • Pre-industrialization
  • Protestantism

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