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Luther and the Girls: Religious Denomination and the Female Education Gap in Nineteenth-century Prussia

Sascha Becker () and Ludger Woessmann ()

Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2008, vol. 110, issue 4, 777-805

Abstract: Martin Luther urged each town to have a girls' school so that girls would learn to read the Gospel, thereby evoking a surge of building girls' schools in Protestant areas. Using county- and town-level data from the first Prussian census of 1816, we show that a larger share of Protestants decreased the gender gap in basic education. This result holds when using only the exogenous variation in Protestantism due to a county's or town's distance to Wittenberg, the birthplace of the Reformation. Similar results are found for the gender gap in literacy among the adult population in 1871. Copyright © The editors of the "Scandinavian Journal of Economics" 2008 .

Date: 2008
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