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Literacy Among the Jews of Russia in 1897: A Reanalysis of Census Data


  • Joel Perlmann

    (The Jerome Levy Economics Institute)


One part of this paper is methodological, or bibliographical in nature; I argue that a body of evidence that scholars have dismissed for a century as useless may in fact be very valuable. The evidence to which I refer is data on Jewish literacy found in the 1897 Census of the Russian Empire. A second part of this paper is substantive in nature; in it I offer an interpretation of a crucial social pattern observed in the literacy data.

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  • Joel Perlmann, 1998. "Literacy Among the Jews of Russia in 1897: A Reanalysis of Census Data," Macroeconomics 9802021, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpma:9802021 Note: Type of Document - Acrobat PDF; prepared on IBM PC; to print on PostScript; pages: 25; figures: included

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    1. Davidson, Paul, 1972. "Money and the Real World," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 82(325), pages 101-115, March.
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