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Growth Chat, the journey of humankind, is one of the three show of Growth Chat where we interview researchers about their research papers and/or publication.

Mara Squicciarini: Religiosity and Education in the 19th Century

In this episode we ask Mara Squicciarini about her paper​ “Devotion and Development: Religiosity, Education, and Economic Progress in 19th-century France”, published in the American Economic Review in 2020. In her study, Mara finds that more religious locations had lower economic development after 1870. Schooling appears to be the key mechanism: more religious areas saw a slower adoption of the technical curriculum and a push for religious education. In turn, religious education was negatively associated with industrial development 10 to 15 years later.

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