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Protestantism and Education: Reading (the Bible) and Other Skills

Timo Boppart (), Josef Falkinger and Volker Grossmann ()

No 5402, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: During industrialization, Protestants were more literate than Catholics. This paper investigates whether this fact may be led back to the intrinsic motivation of Protestants to read the bible and whether other education motives were involved as well. We employ a historical data set from Switzerland which allows us to differentiate between different cognitive skills: reading, numeracy, essay writing and Swiss history. We develop an estimation strategy to examine whether the impact of religious denomination was particularly large with respect to reading capabilities. We find support for this hypothesis. However, Protestants’ education motives went beyond reading the bible.

Keywords: religious denomination; reading capability; education; cognitive skills; Protestant reformation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2010-12
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Published in: Economic Inquiry, 2014, 52 (2), 874-895

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