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Protestantism and education: Reading (the bible) and other skills


Boppart, Timo; Falkinger, Josef; Grossmann, Volker (2010). Protestantism and education: Reading (the bible) and other skills. IZA Discussion Paper 5402, University of Zurich.

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 otives 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 otives went beyond acquiring reading skills.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
JEL Classification:I20
Uncontrolled Keywords:Cognitive skills; Education; Reading capability; Religious denomination, Protestant reformation
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:23 May 2013 15:50
Last Modified:14 Aug 2017 12:33
Series Name: IZA Discussion Paper
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://ftp.iza.org/dp5402.pdf

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