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Replication data for: Beyond Work Ethic: Religion, Individual, and Political Preferences

Version
V0
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Basten, Christoph
  • Betz, Frank
Publication Date
2013-01-02
Description
  • Abstract

    We investigate the effect of Reformed Protestantism, relative to Catholicism, on preferences for leisure, and for redistribution and intervention in the economy. We use a Fuzzy Spatial Regression Discontinuity Design to exploit a historical quasi-experiment in Western Switzerland, where in the sixteenth century a hitherto homogeneous region was split and one part assigned to adopt Protestantism. We find that Reformed Protestantism reduces referenda voting for more leisure by 14, redistribution by 5, and government intervention by 7 percentage points. These preferences translate into higher per capita income as well as greater income inequality.
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  • Is supplemented by
    DOI: 10.1257/pol.5.3.67 (Text)
Publications
  • Basten, Christoph, and Frank Betz. “Beyond Work Ethic: Religion, Individual, and Political Preferences.” American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 5, no. 3 (August 2013): 67–91. https://doi.org/10.1257/pol.5.3.67.
    • ID: 10.1257/pol.5.3.67 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2019-10-13 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2019-10-13

Basten, Christoph; Betz, Frank (2013): Replication data for: Beyond Work Ethic: Religion, Individual, and Political Preferences. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E114835