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Religious Culture and Economic Performance: Agricultural Productivity of the Amish, 1850–80

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The farming practices of the Amish have differed in various ways from those of other farmers. I use the information from federal census schedules to examine the differences during the period 1850 to 1880 in light of Amish culture. Amish farmers did not resist technological change during 1850–80, but the evidence shows other systematic differences. They adopted distinct patterns in investment to ensure the survival of their religious culture, which in turn affected their relative performance.

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  • CoÅŸgel, Metin M., 1993. "Religious Culture and Economic Performance: Agricultural Productivity of the Amish, 1850–80," The Journal of Economic History, Cambridge University Press, vol. 53(2), pages 319-331, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:jechis:v:53:y:1993:i:02:p:319-331_01
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    1. Arano, Kathleen G. & Blair, Benjamin F., 2008. "Modeling religious behavior and economic outcome: Is the relationship bicausal?: Evidence from a survey of Mississippi households," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 37(5), pages 2043-2053, October.

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