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Title:Luther and the girls: religious denomination and the female education gap in 19th century Prussia PDF Logo
Authors:Becker, Sascha O.
Wößmann, Ludger
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:IZA discussion papers 3837
Abstract:Martin Luther urged each town to have a girls' school so that girls would learn to read the Gospel, evoking a surge of building girls' schools in Protestant areas. Using county- and town-level data from the first Prussian census of 1816, we show that a larger share of Protestants decreased the gender gap in basic education. This result holds when using only the exogenous variation in Protestantism due to a county's or town's distance to Wittenberg, the birthplace of the Reformation. Similar results are found for the gender gap in literacy among the adult population in 1871.
Subjects:Gender gap
education
Protestantism
JEL:I21
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-20081127666
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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