Data and Code for: Devotion and Development: Religiosity, Education, and Economic Progress in 19th-Century France

Version
V0
Resource Type
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Creator
  • Squicciarini, Mara P. (Bocconi University)
Publication Date
2020-10-26
Free Keywords
Human capital; Religiosity; Industrialization; France
Description
  • Abstract

    This paper studies when religion can hamper diffusion of knowledge and economic development, and through which mechanism. I examine Catholicism in France during the Second Industrial Revolution (1870-1914). In this period, technology became skill-intensive, leading to the introduction of technical education in primary schools. I find that more religious locations had lower economic development after 1870. Schooling appears to be the key mechanism: more religious areas saw a slower adoption of the technical curriculum and a push for religious education. In turn, religious education was negatively associated with industrial development 10 to 15 years later, when schoolchildren entered the labor market.
Geographic Coverage
  • France
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    DOI: 10.3886/E119862V1

Update Metadata: 2020-10-26 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2020-10-26