Qualifying Religion: The Role of Plural Identities for Educational Production

CESifo Working Paper Series No. 2283

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

49 Pages Posted: 18 Mar 2008  

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); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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

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Date Written: April 2008

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.

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

JEL Classification: I20, H52, O10, N33

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1106144

Timo Boppart (Contact Author)

Stockholm University - Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES) ( email )

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)

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
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Volker Grossmann

University of Fribourg - 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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