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Cantoni, Davide; Dittmar, Jeremiah; Yuchtman, Noam (31. October 2017): The religious roots of the secular West. The Protestant Reformation and the allocation of resources in Europe. : CEPR Press; VoxEU
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Five hundred years ago today, Martin Luther posted 95 theses on the Wittenberg Castle church door critiquing Catholic Church corruption, setting off the Protestant Reformation. This column argues that the Reformation not only transformed Western Europe's religious landscape, but also led to an immediate and large secularisation of Europe’s political economy.