DIFFUSING KNOWLEDGE WHILE SPREADING GOD'S MESSAGE: PROTESTANTISM AND ECONOMIC PROSPERITY IN CHINA, 1840-1920
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AbstractWe provide an account of how Protestantism promoted economic prosperity in Chinaa country in which Protestant missionaries penetrated far and wide during 1840-1920, but only a tiny fraction of the population had converted to Christianity. By exploiting the spatial variation in the missionaries' retreat due to the Boxer Uprising to identify the diffusion of Protestantism, we find that the conversion of an additional communicant per 10,000 people increases the overall urbanization rate by 18.8% when evaluated at the mean. Moreover, 90% of this effect comes from knowledge diffusion activities associated with schools and hospitals erected by the missionaries.
All Author(s) ListBai Y, Kung JKS
Journal nameJournal of the European Economic Association
Year2015
Month8
Day1
Volume Number13
Issue Number4
PublisherWILEY-BLACKWELL
Pages669 - 698
ISSN1542-4766
eISSN1542-4774
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Web of Science Subject CategoriesBusiness & Economics; Economics

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