Is There a Protestant Work Ethic? Module

Researchers studying Switzerland look to a religious war between Catholics and Protestants in 1520 to analyze modern social divisions.

"Fuzzy" Regression Discontinuity: Addressing Blurry Lines Between Groups

Sometimes the cutoff doesn’t perfectly determine whether you’re treated or not. We study this “fuzzy” setting here, and introduce an example of the effect of being Protestant (vs being Catholic) on various political preferences.

The paper is Basten and Betz (2013). “Beyond Work Ethic: Religion, Individual, and Political Preferences.” American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 5(3), 67-91.