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Under which conditions does religion affect educational outcomes?


Boppart, Timo; Falkinger, Josef; Grossmann, Volker; Woitek, Ulrich; Wüthrich, Gabriela (2013). Under which conditions does religion affect educational outcomes? Explorations in Economic History, 50(2):242-266.

Abstract

This paper examines under which conditions religious denomination affects public spending on schooling and educational performance. We employ a unique data
set which covers, inter alia, information on numerous measures of public school inputs in 169 Swiss districts for the years 1871/72, 1881/82 and 1894/95, marks from
pedagogical examinations of conscripts (1875-1903), and results from political referenda to capture conservative or progressive values. Although Catholic districts show on average significantly lower educational performance and spend less on primary schooling than Protestant districts, Catholicism is harmful only in a conservative milieu. We also exploit information on absenteeism of pupils from school to separate provision of schooling from use of schooling.

Abstract

This paper examines under which conditions religious denomination affects public spending on schooling and educational performance. We employ a unique data
set which covers, inter alia, information on numerous measures of public school inputs in 169 Swiss districts for the years 1871/72, 1881/82 and 1894/95, marks from
pedagogical examinations of conscripts (1875-1903), and results from political referenda to capture conservative or progressive values. Although Catholic districts show on average significantly lower educational performance and spend less on primary schooling than Protestant districts, Catholicism is harmful only in a conservative milieu. We also exploit information on absenteeism of pupils from school to separate provision of schooling from use of schooling.

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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
Uncontrolled Keywords:Catholicism; Human capital; Political attitudes; Public education; Religious denomination
Date:April 2013
Deposited On:18 Apr 2013 07:21
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:45
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0014-4983
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eeh.2012.12.001
Related URLs:http://www.unifr.ch/makro/assets/files/workingpapers/qualifying_religion_16%2012%202010.pdf

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