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Luther and the girls: religious denomination and the female education gap in 19th century Prussia

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Martin Luther urged each town to have a girls' school so that girls would learn to read the Gospel, evoking a surge of building girls' schools in protestant areas. Using county- and town-level data from the first Prussian census of 1816, we show that a larger share of Protestants decreased the gender gap in basic education. This result holds when using only the exogenous variation in Protestantism due to a county's or town's distance to Wittenberg, the birthplace of the Reformation. Similar results are found for the gender gap in literacy among the adult.

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Sascha O. Becker, Ludger Woessmann

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eng

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http://hdl.handle.net/10419/26459

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