author={Davide Cantoni},
  journal={Journal of the European Economic Association},
  • Davide Cantoni
  • Published 1 August 2015
  • Economics
  • Journal of the European Economic Association
Following Max Weber, many theories have hypothesized that Protestantism should have favored economic development. With its religious heterogeneity, the Holy Roman Empire presents an ideal testing ground for this hypothesis. Using population figures of 272 cities in the years 1300–1900, I find no effects of Protestantism on economic growth. The finding is precisely estimated, robust to the inclusion of various controls, and does not depend on data selection or small sample size. Denominational… 
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