Were Jews in Interwar Poland More Educated?

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Ran Abramitzky

Stanford University

Hanna Halaburda

New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business

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Date Written: February 2020

Abstract

In the context of interwar Poland, we find that Jews tended to be more literate than non Jews, but show that this finding is driven by a composition effect. In particular, most Jews lived in cities and most non-Jews lived in rural areas, and people in cities were more educated than people in villages regardless of their religion. The case of interwar Poland illustrates that the Jewish relative education advantage depends on the historical and institutional contexts.

Suggested Citation

Abramitzky, Ran and Halaburda, Hanna, Were Jews in Interwar Poland More Educated? (February 2020). NBER Working Paper No. w26763, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3539330

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Hanna Halaburda

New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business ( email )

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