Luther and the girls : religious denomination and the female education gap in nineteenth-century Prussia
Becker, Sascha O. and Woessmann, Ludger. (2008) Luther and the girls : religious denomination and the female education gap in nineteenth-century Prussia. Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol.110 (No.4). pp. 777-805. ISSN 0347-0520Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9442.2008.00561.x
Martin Luther urged each town to have a girls' school so that girls would learn to read the Gospel, thereby evoking a surge of building girls' schools in Protestant areas. Using county- and town-level data from the first Prussian census of 1816, we show that a larger share of Protestants decreased the gender gap in basic education. This result holds when using only the exogenous variation in Protestantism due to a county's or town's distance to Wittenberg, the birthplace of the Reformation. Similar results are found for the gender gap in literacy among the adult population in 1871.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Scandinavian Journal of Economics|
|Number of Pages:||29|
|Page Range:||pp. 777-805|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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