Religious Competition and Reallocation: The Political Economy of Secularization in the Protestant Reformation
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Helpful and much appreciated suggestions, critiques and encouragement were provided by Ernesto Dal Bo, Matt Notowidigdo, Yona Rubinstein, Jan Luiten van Zanden, Hans-Joachim Voth, and seminar participants at Bonn, Harvard, LSE, NYU Stern, UC Davis, Utrecht, the AEA meetings, the DAE meeting at the NBER Summer Institute, the RES meeting, the University of California GEM-BPP Research Workshop, the University of Munich Conference on the Long Shadow of History, and the World Economic History Congress. Excellent research assistance was provided by Julia Bewerunge, Tillmann von Carnap, Florian Dobler, Nikolaus Drax, Russell Gasdia, Max Hofl, Selina Hofstetter, Carolin Maier, Matthias Mall, Daniela Miehling, and Skipper Seabold. Cantoni acknowledges research support from the Marie Curie Career Integration Grant. Dittmar acknowledges research support from the European Research Council. The authors have no conflict of interest, financial or otherwise, related to this study. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.