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Landownership Concentration and the Expansion of Education

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  • Francesco Cinnirella

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    (Ifo Institute and CESifo, Munich)

  • Erik Hornung

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    (Ifo Institute, Munich)

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This paper studies the effect of landownership concentration on school enrollment for nineteenth-century Prussia. Prussia is an interesting laboratory given its decentralized educational system and the presence of heterogeneous agricultural institutions. We find that landownership concentration, a proxy for the institution of serf labor, has a negative effect on schooling. This effect diminishes substantially in the second half of the century. Causality of this relationship is confirmed by introducing soil-texture to identify exogenous farm size variation. Panel estimates further rule out unobserved heterogeneity. We argue that serfdom hampered peasants’ demand for education whereas the successive emancipation triggered a demand thereof.

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Paper provided by European Historical Economics Society (EHES) in its series Working Papers with number 0010.

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Length: 50 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2011
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Keywords: Land concentration; Institutions; Serfdom; Education; Prussian economic history;

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Cited by:
  1. Francesco Cinnirella & Jochen Streb, 2013. "The Role of Human Capital and Innovation in Prussian Economic Development," CESifo Working Paper Series 4391, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. repec:cge:warwcg:95 is not listed on IDEAS
  3. Erik Hornung, 2012. "Railroads and Micro-regional Growth in Prussia," Ifo Working Paper Series Ifo Working Paper No. 127, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich.
  4. repec:cge:warwcg:79 is not listed on IDEAS
  5. Gregory Clark & Rowena Gray, 2012. "Geography is not Destiny. Geography, Institutions and Literacy in England, 1837-1863," Working Papers 0015, European Historical Economics Society (EHES).
  6. Becker, Sascha & Cinnirella, Francesco & Hornung, Eric & Woessmann, Ludger, 2012. "iPEHD - The ifo Prussian Economic History Database," CAGE Online Working Paper Series 96, Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE).
  7. Jun, Bogang, 2012. "Non-Financial Hurdles for Human Capital Accumulation: Landownership in Korea under Japanese Rule," MPRA Paper 43172, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  8. Becker, Sascha O. & Cinnirella, Francesco & Wößmann, Ludger, 2013. "Does womens education affect fertility? Evidence from pre-demographic transition Prussia," Munich Reprints in Economics 20263, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
  9. Ludger Wößmann, 2011. "Die Bedeutung von Bildung für die Wirtschaftsentwicklung: Eine neue wirtschaftshistorische Forschungsagenda anhand preußischer Kreisdaten, Teil 2," Ifo Schnelldienst, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 64(01), pages 41-47, 01.
  10. Baten, Joerg & Juif, Dácil, 2014. "A story of large landowners and math skills: Inequality and human capital formation in long-run development, 1820–2000," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 42(2), pages 375-401.

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