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The long run effects of religious persecution: evidence from the Spanish inquisition


Drelichman, Mauricio; Vidal-Robert, Jordi; Voth, Hans-Joachim (2021). The long run effects of religious persecution: evidence from the Spanish inquisition. CEPR Discussion Papers 16030, Centre for Economic Policy Research.

Abstract

Religious persecution is common in many countries around the globe. There is little evidence on its long-term effects. We collect new data from all across Spain, using information from over 67,000 trials held by the Spanish Inquisition between 1480 and 1820. This comprehensive new database allows us to demonstrate that municipalities of Spain with a history of stronger inquisitorial presence show lower economic performance, educational attainment, and trust today. The effects persist after controlling for historical indicators of religiosity and wealth, ruling out potential selection bias.

Abstract

Religious persecution is common in many countries around the globe. There is little evidence on its long-term effects. We collect new data from all across Spain, using information from over 67,000 trials held by the Spanish Inquisition between 1480 and 1820. This comprehensive new database allows us to demonstrate that municipalities of Spain with a history of stronger inquisitorial presence show lower economic performance, educational attainment, and trust today. The effects persist after controlling for historical indicators of religiosity and wealth, ruling out potential selection bias.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:April 2021
Deposited On:23 Aug 2021 10:49
Last Modified:23 Aug 2021 10:49
Series Name:CEPR Discussion Papers
Number of Pages:38
ISSN:0265-8003
OA Status:Closed
Official URL:https://cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=16030

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