Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/124968
Authors: 
Castelló-Climent, Amparo
Chaudhary, Latika
Mukhopadhyay, Abhiroop
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9441
Abstract: 
This paper estimates the causal impact of tertiary education on luminosity across Indian districts. We address the potential endogeneity of tertiary education using the location of Catholic missionaries in 1911 as an instrument for current tertiary education. We find Catholic missionaries have a large and positive impact on tertiary education. Catholics were not at the forefront of tertiary education in colonial India, but they established many high quality colleges following Indian independence. Controlling for a rich set of geographical and historical characteristics, we find a positive causal effect of tertiary education on development, as measured by light density at night. The findings are robust to different measures of development, and are not driven by alternative channels through which missionaries could impact current income.
Subjects: 
human capital
Catholic missionaries
subregional analysis
JEL: 
I25
N35
O15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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