Religious Orders and Growth through Cultural Change in Pre-Industrial England ∗

@inproceedings{Andersen2012ReligiousOA,
  title={Religious Orders and Growth through Cultural Change in Pre-Industrial England ∗},
  author={Thomas Barnebeck Andersen and Jeanet Bentzen and Carl-Johan Dalgaard and Paul Sharp},
  year={2012}
}
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 document that the Cistercians influenced comparative regional development across English counties, even after the monasteries were dissolved in the 1530s. Moreover, we find that the values emphasized by Weber are comparatively… CONTINUE READING