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Vidal-Robert, Jordi (2014)
Publisher: University of Warwick. Department of Economics
Languages: English
Types: Book
Subjects: HC
Using a newly collected dataset on inquisitorial activity for seven regions, fourteen provinces and 947 municipalities, I analyze the long-term economic consequences of the Spanish Inquisition (1478-1834). I show that inquisitorial activity is negatively associated to regional and provincial economic growth (an increase of a thousand inquisitorial trials is associated with 3% to 5% lower urbanization rates). At the municipal level, I find that municipalities affected by the Inquisition experienced an annual population growth rate 0.11% lower than their counterparts. This result is robust when controlling for alternative explanatory factors, such as pre-existent religiosity and proxies for trade activity. I explore three channels through which the Inquisition may have had an impact on economic outcomes. While inquisitorial activity is not linked to levels of trust or social polarization, I find it is negatively associated with the adoption of new technologies and the creation of municipal centres of cultural transmission.
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    • 11The waves of the WVS are taken in 1981, 1990, 1995/1998, 1999/2000, 2005/2008. CIS surveys considered are 2398, 2412, 2440, 2442, 2443, 2588, 2632, 2736 and 2752. The first one was taken in year 2000 and the last one in year 2008.
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