|Becker, Sascha O.; Wößmann, Ludger (2008): Luther and the girls: Religious denomination and the female education gap in nineteenth-century Prussia. In: Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 110, No. 4: pp. 777-805|
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Martin Luther urged each town to have a girls’ school so that girls would learn to read the Gospel, thereby evoking a surge of building girls’ schools in Protestant areas. Using county- and town-level data from the first Prussian census of 1816, we show that a larger share of Protestants decreased the gender gap in basic education. This result holds when using only the exogenous variation in Protestantism due to a county’s or town’s distance to Wittenberg, the birthplace of the Reformation. Similar results are found for the gender gap in literacy among the adult population in 1871.
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