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Christian Missionaries and Education in Former Colonies: How Institutions Mattered

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  • Francisco Gallego

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    (Instituto de Economía. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.)

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Using cross-country data for about 70 countries and regional data for about 180 African provinces, we show that competition between Protestant and Catholic missionaries increased schooling in former colonies. Our evidence implies that Protestant missionaries increased schooling in Catholic countries by more than Catholic missionaries, but we cannot reject the hypothesis that the effect of Protestant and Catholic missionaries on educational outcomes was similar when missionaries of both denominations faced the same legal and institutional treatment, We interpret these result in the context of an economic rationale in which different institutions created differences in competitive pressures faced by Catholic and Protestant missionaries.

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Paper provided by EH Clio Lab. Instituto de Economía. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in its series Working Papers ClioLab with number 5.

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Date of creation: 2009
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  1. Francisco Gallego, 2008. "Historical Origins of Schooling: The Role of Democracy and Political Decentralization," Documentos de Trabajo 342, Instituto de Economia. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile..
  2. Dearmon, Jacob & Grier, Robin, 2011. "Trust and the accumulation of physical and human capital," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 27(3), pages 507-519, September.
  3. Rodrigo Cerda, 2009. "The Impact of Government Spending on the Duration and the Intensity of Economic Crises: Latin America 1900-2000," Working Papers ClioLab 1, EH Clio Lab. Instituto de Economía. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

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