Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/104233
Authors: 
Becker, Sascha O.
Wößmann, Ludger
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
Munich Discussion Paper 2007-7
Abstract: 
Max Weber attributed the higher economic prosperity of Protestant regions to a Protestant work ethic. We provide an alternative theory, where Protestant economies prospered because instruction in reading the Bible generated the human capital crucial to economic prosperity. County-level data from late 19th-century Prussia reveal that Protestantism was indeed associated not only with higher economic prosperity, but also with better education. We find that Protestants’ higher literacy can account for the whole gap in economic prosperity. Results hold when we exploit the initial concentric dispersion of the Reformation to use distance to Wittenberg as an instrument for Protestantism.
Subjects: 
Human capital
Protestantism
economic history
JEL: 
N33
Z12
I20
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

Files in This Item:
File
Size





Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.