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: 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.

Keywords: education, illiteracy, Jewish minority, Poland

JEL Classification: N340

Suggested Citation

Abramitzky, Ran and Halaburda, Hanna, Were Jews in Interwar Poland More Educated? (2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3544506 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3544506

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