Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/52430
Authors: 
Cinnirella, Francesco
Hornung, Erik
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo working paper: Economics of Education 3603
Abstract: 
This paper studies the effect of landownership concentration on school enrollment for nineteenth-century Prussia. Prussia is an interesting laboratory given its decentralized educational system and the presence of heterogeneous agricultural institutions. We find that landownership concentration, a proxy for the institution of serf labor, has a negative effect on schooling. This effect diminishes substantially in the second half of the century. Causality of this relationship is confirmed by introducing soil-texture to identify exogenous farm size variation. Panel estimates further rule out unobserved heterogeneity. We argue that serfdom hampered peasants' demand for education whereas the successive emancipation triggered a demand thereof.
Subjects: 
land concentration
institutions
serfdom
education
Prussian economic history
JEL: 
O43
Q15
I25
N33
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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