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Qualifying Religion: The Role of Plural Identities for Educational Production


Timo Boppart


Stockholm University - Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES); University of Zurich - Department of Economics

Josef Falkinger


University of Zurich - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Volker Grossmann


University of Fribourg - Faculty of Economics and Social Science; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Ulrich Woitek


University of Zurich

Gabriela Wüthrich


affiliation not provided to SSRN

April 2008

CESifo Working Paper Series No. 2283
University of Zurich Institute for Empirical Research in Economics Working Paper No. 360

Abstract:     
This paper examines the role of religious denomination for human capital formation. We employ a unique data set which covers, inter alia, information on numerous measures of 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 in addition to the cultural characteristics language and religion. Catholic districts show on average significantly lower educational performance than Protestant districts. However, accounting for other sociocultural characteristics qualifies the role of religion for educational production. The evidence suggests that 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.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 49

Keywords: culture, educational production, plural identity, religious denomination, school inputs

JEL Classification: I20, H52, O10, N33

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Date posted: March 18, 2008  

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Boppart, Timo and Falkinger, Josef and Grossmann, Volker and Woitek, Ulrich and Wüthrich, Gabriela, Qualifying Religion: The Role of Plural Identities for Educational Production (April 2008). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 2283; University of Zurich Institute for Empirical Research in Economics Working Paper No. 360 . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1106144

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Timo Boppart (Contact Author)
Stockholm University - Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES) ( email )
Stockholm University
10691 Stockholm, SE-10691
Sweden
University of Zurich - Department of Economics ( email )
Zürich, CH-8006
Switzerland
Josef Falkinger
University of Zurich - Department of Economics ( email )
Zuerich, 8006
Switzerland
CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)
Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany
HOME PAGE: http://www.CESifo.de
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
Volker Grossmann
University of Fribourg (Switzerland) - Faculty of Economics and Social Science ( email )
Fribourg, CH 1700
Switzerland
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)
Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany
Ulrich Woitek
University of Zurich ( email )
Zürichbergstrasse 14
CH-8032 Zurich
Switzerland
Gabriela Wüthrich
affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )
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