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Protestantism and education: Reading the Bible and other skills.


Boppart, Timo; Falkinger, Josef; Grossmann, Volker (2014). Protestantism and education: Reading the Bible and other skills. Economic Inquiry, 52(2):874-895.

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 to what extent other education motives might have been 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, we also find evidence which is consistent with the view that Protestants' education motives went beyond acquiring reading skills.

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 to what extent other education motives might have been 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, we also find evidence which is consistent with the view that Protestants' education motives went beyond acquiring reading skills.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:April 2014
Deposited On:03 Nov 2014 11:14
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 18:28
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:0095-2583
Additional Information:Electronic version of an article published as International Game Theory Review Volume 52, Issue 2, pages 874–895, April 2014 DOI: 10.1111/ecin.12058 © copyright World Scientific Publishing Company http://www.worldscinet.com/igtr/igtr.shtml
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/ecin.12058

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