Pre�?Reformation Roots of the Protestant Ethic

@article{Andersen2017PreReformationRO,
  title={Pre�?Reformation Roots of the Protestant Ethic},
  author={Thomas Barnebeck Andersen and Jeanet Sinding Bentzen and Carl‐Johan Dalgaard and Paul Sharp},
  journal={Wiley-Blackwell: Economic Journal},
  year={2017}
}
We hypothesize that cultural appreciation of hard work and thrift,the Protestant ethic according to Max Weber,had a pre-Reformation origin.The proximate source of these values was,according to the proposed theory,the Catholic Order of Cistercians.In support,we first document an impact from the Order on growth within the epicenter of the industrial revolution;English counties that were more exposed to Cistercian monasteries experienced faster productivity growth from the 13th century onwards… 
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