Knocking on heaven's door? : Protestantism and suicide
Becker, Sascha O. and Woessmann, Ludger (2011) Knocking on heaven's door? : Protestantism and suicide. Working Paper. Coventry: University of Warwick. Dept. of Economics. Warwick economics research paper series (TWERPS), Vol.2011 (No.966).
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We model the effect of Protestant vs. Catholic denomination in an economic theory of suicide, accounting for differences in religious-community integration, views about man’s impact on God’s grace, and the possibility of confessing sins. We test the theory using a unique micro-regional dataset of 452 counties in 19th century Prussia, when religiousness was still pervasive. Our instrumental-variable model exploits the concentric dispersion of Protestantism around Wittenberg to circumvent selectivity bias. Protestantism had a substantial positive effect on suicide in 1816-21 and 1869-71. We address issues of bias from mental illness, misreporting, weather conditions, within-county heterogeneity, religious concentration, and gender composition.
|Item Type:||Working or Discussion Paper (Working Paper)|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Suicide -- Religious aspects, Suicide -- Econometric models, Suicide -- Prussia (Germany) -- History -- 19th century, Protestantism|
|Series Name:||Warwick economics research paper series (TWERPS)|
|Publisher:||University of Warwick. Dept. of Economics|
|Place of Publication:||Coventry|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
|Funder:||Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz|
|Version or Related Resource:||Becker, S.O. and Woessmann, L. (2011). Knocking on heaven’s door? Protestantism and suicide. Coventry: Centre for Economic Policy Research. (CEPR Discussion Paper no.8448).|
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