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Under which conditions does religion affect educational outcomes?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for International Economic Studies. University of Zurich.
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2013 (English)In: Explorations in economic history (Print), ISSN 0014-4983, E-ISSN 1090-2457, Vol. 50, no 2, 242-266 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper examines under which conditions religious denomination affects public spending on schooling and educational performance. We employ a unique data set which covers, inter alia, information on numerous measures of public school inputs in 169 Swiss districts for the years 1871/72, 1881/82 and 1894/95, marks from pedagogical examinations of conscripts (1875-1903), and results from political referenda to capture conservative or progressive values. Although Catholic districts show on average significantly lower educational performance and spend less on primary schooling than Protestant districts, Catholicism is harmful only in a conservative milieu. We also exploit information on absenteeism of pupils from school to separate provision of schooling from use of schooling.

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2013. Vol. 50, no 2, 242-266 p.
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Catholicism, Human capital, Political attitudes, Public education, Religious denomination
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-91044DOI: 10.1016/j.eeh.2012.12.001ISI: 000318746000005OAI: diva2:630478


Available from: 2013-06-19 Created: 2013-06-18 Last updated: 2013-06-19Bibliographically approved

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