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Work ethic, Protestantism, and human capital

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  • Schaltegger, Christoph A.
  • Torgler, Benno

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Weber's contribution on Protestant work ethic has stimulated numerous social scientists. However, the question whether a Protestant specific work ethic exists at all is still rarely analysed. Our results indicate that work ethic is influenced by denomination-based religiosity and education.

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  • Schaltegger, Christoph A. & Torgler, Benno, 2010. "Work ethic, Protestantism, and human capital," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 107(2), pages 99-101, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:107:y:2010:i:2:p:99-101
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