The Protestant Ethic and Work : Micro Evidence from Contemporary Germany *

  title={The Protestant Ethic and Work : Micro Evidence from Contemporary Germany *},
  author={J{\"o}rg L. Spenkuch},
Few studies in the social sciences have spurred more controversy than Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. At the core of Weber’s theory lies a connection between Protestantism and attitudes toward work. Using micro-data from contemporary Germany, this paper investigates the impact of Protestantism on economic outcomes and whether any such connection still exists. To break the endogeneity in religious affiliation the paper exploits the fact that the geographic… CONTINUE READING
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