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Title:Knocking on heaven's door? Protestantism and suicide PDF Logo
Authors:Becker, Sascha O.
Woessmann, Ludger
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper: Labour Markets 3499
Abstract:We model the effect of Protestant vs. Catholic denomination in an economic theory of suicide, accounting for differences in religious-community integration, views about man's impact on God's grace, and the possibility of confessing sins. We test the theory using a unique micro-regional dataset of 452 counties in 19th-century Prussia, when religiousness was still pervasive. Our instrumental-variable model exploits the concentric dispersion of Protestantism around Wittenberg to circumvent selectivity bias. Protestantism had a substantial positive effect on suicide in 1816-21 and 1869-71. We address issues of bias from mental illness, misreporting, weather conditions, within-county heterogeneity, religious concentration, and gender composition.
Subjects:religion
suicide
Prussian economic history
JEL:Z12
N33
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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