Protestantism and Education: Reading (the Bible) and Other Skills

  title={Protestantism and Education: Reading (the Bible) and Other Skills},
  author={Timo Boppart and Josef Falkinger and Volker Grossmann},
  journal={ERN: Other Macroeconomics: National Income \& Product Accounts (Topic)},
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 whether other education motives were 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… 
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