How state institutions forged during the Protestant Reformation drove development in Germany..

Jeremiah Dittmar and Ralf Meisenzahl have an interesting research on the topic. They look at role of social institutions in development.

They use the tool made popular by likes of Acemoglu/Robinson. One region gets these social institutions and other does not? What is the overall impact on one vs the other? This time the region is Germany and we have cities instead of countries. There were certain cities where Protestant movement led to development in some cities over others:

 Fascinating…
We could have many such studies in India as well. There is so much variety here in terms of such social institutions. But there are hardly any such studies. Data could be an issue and things may not be proved as rigorous. But atleast we could have some ideas and hypothesis which explain these regional/city differences..

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