|Becker, Sascha O.; Wößmann, Ludger (2011): Knocking on heaven’s door? Protestantism and suicide. CESifo Working Paper: Labour Markets, 3499|
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We model the effect of Protestant vs. Catholic denomination in an economic theory of suicide, accounting for differences in religious-community integration, views about man’s impact on God’s grace, and the possibility of confessing sins. We test the theory using a unique micro-regional dataset of 452 counties in 19th-century Prussia, when religiousness was still pervasive. Our instrumental-variable model exploits the concentric dispersion of Protestantism around Wittenberg to circumvent selectivity bias. Protestantism had a substantial positive effect on suicide in 1816-21 and 1869-71. We address issues of bias from mental illness, misreporting, weather conditions, within-county heterogeneity, religious concentration, and gender composition.
|Item Type:||Paper (Discussion Paper)|
Economics > Chairs > CESifo-Professorship for Empirical Innovation Economics
|Subjects:||300 Social sciences > 330 Economics|
|JEL Classification:||Z12, N33|
|Deposited On:||15. Apr 2014 08:57|
|Last Modified:||29. Apr 2016 09:17|
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