University of Zurich Institute for Empirical Research in Economics Working Paper No. 360
49 Pages Posted: 18 Mar 2008
Date Written: April 2008
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: 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