Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/69475
Authors: 
Becker, Sascha O.
Woessmann, Ludger
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper Series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 7151
Abstract: 
The interplay between religion and the economy has occupied social scientists for long. We construct a unique panel of income and Protestant church attendance for six waves of up to 175 Prussian counties spanning 1886-1911. The data reveal a marked decline in church attendance coinciding with increasing income. The cross-section also shows a negative association between income and church attendance. But the association disappears in panel analyses, including first-differenced models of the 1886-1911 change, panel models with county and time fixed effects, and panel Granger-causality tests. The results cast doubt on causal interpretations of the religion-economy nexus in Prussian secularization.
Subjects: 
religion
secularization
Prussian economic history
JEL: 
Z12
N33
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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