A Time to Print, a Time to Reform

Lars Boerner, Jared Rubin, Battista Severgnini

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Abstrakt

The public mechanical clock and the movable type printing press were two of the most important and complex general purpose technologies of the late medieval period. We document two of their most important, yet unforeseeable, consequences. First, an instrumental variables analysis indicates that towns that were early adopters of clocks were more likely to also be early adopters of presses. We posit that towns with clocks became upper-tail human capital hubs|both technologies required extensive technical know-how that had many points of overlap. Second, a three-stage instrumental variables analysis indicates that the press influenced the adoption of Lutheranism and Calvinism, while the clock's effect on the Reformation was indirect (via the press).
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Udgivelses stedOrange, CA
UdgiverChapman University
Antal sider55
StatusUdgivet - 2019
NavnESI Working Papers
Nummer3-2019

Emneord

  • Mechanical clock
  • Printing press
  • Technology
  • Reformation
  • Human capital
  • Calvinism
  • Lutheranism
  • Instrumental variables

Citationsformater

Boerner, L., Rubin, J., & Severgnini, B. (2019). A Time to Print, a Time to Reform. Orange, CA: Chapman University. ESI Working Papers, Nr. 3-2019