Religious Roots of Book Production and Human Capital During (Early) Modern Age

Scientific Annals of Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, 2012, Economic Science Section

12 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2014

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Aurelian P. Plopeanu

Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Department of Research

Daniel Homocianu

Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Department of Accounting, Business Information Systems and Statistics

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

The invention of printing press and the process of book production had an important impact on the entire human action, affecting almost every political, economic, social, religious and philosophical field.

For centuries, the book production was mostly conducted in relation with the Church. And this is just one argument that could explain the contribution of religion and religious movements on accumulation and spreading the culture, stimulating the human capital evolution and the economic growth.

The paper indicates the reasons why the level of book production can be considered an indicator of the human capital evolution. Several references to religion movements, printing and bookselling are also included at that point. The role of Reformation in the development of human capital and long-run economic growth is also emphasized.

In its final part, the article brings some valuable ideas about the positive relationship of book production, literacy, human capital, urbanization and economic growth in Western Europe on the eve of Industrial Revolution. In these terms, it is taken into account a thesis regarding an economic growth scenario for Romanian territories, derived from a case study on religious roots of Romanian book production during (early) Modern Age.

Keywords: book production, religion, education, literacy, economic growth

JEL Classification: N13, N33, O11

Suggested Citation

Plopeanu, Aurelian P. and Homocianu, Daniel, Religious Roots of Book Production and Human Capital During (Early) Modern Age (2012). Scientific Annals of Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, 2012, Economic Science Section. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2381805

Aurelian P. Plopeanu

Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Department of Research ( email )

Romania

Daniel Homocianu (Contact Author)

Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Department of Accounting, Business Information Systems and Statistics ( email )

Romania

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