Luther and the Girls: Religious Denomination and the Female Education Gap in Nineteenth-century Prussia
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. Copyright � The editors of the "Scandinavian Journal of Economics" 2008 .
Volume (Year): 110 (2008)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
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