Weber Revisited: The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Nationalism

Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data, aggregate data, census/enumeration data, geographic information system (GIS) data
  • Kersting, Felix (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
  • Wohnsiedler, Iris (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
  • Wolf, Nikolaus (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • German Science Foundation CRC
    • Award Number: 190
Free Keywords
Weber; nationalism; Protestantism; prussia
  • Abstract

    This is the replication package for the article "Weber Revisited: The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Nationalism".
    Abstract:We revisit Max Weber's hypothesis on the role of Protestantism for economic development. We show that nationalism is crucial to both, the interpretation of Weber's Protestant Ethic and empirical tests thereof. For late 19th century Prussia we reject Weber's suggestion that Protestantism mattered due to an "ascetic compulsion to save". Moreover, we find that income levels, savings, and literacy rates differed between Germans and Poles, not between Protestants and Catholics, using pooled OLS and IV regressions. We suggest that this result is due to anti-Polish discrimination.

Temporal Coverage
  • 1871-01-01 / 1914-12-31
    Time Period: Sun Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1871--Thu Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 1914
Geographic Coverage
  • Poland
  • Germany
Sampled Universe
Smallest Geographic Unit: County

Update Metadata: 2020-05-26 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2020-05-26