A Time to Print, a Time to Reform

Lars Boerner, Jared Rubin, Battista Severgnini

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Abstrakt

The public mechanical clock and movable type printing press were arguably the most important and complex technologies of the late medieval period. We document two of their most important, yet unforeseeable, consequences. First, 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 in uenced the adoption of Protestantism, while the clock's effect on the Reformation was mostly indirect.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdato2020
StatusUdgivet - 2020
BegivenhedAEA Annual Meeting 2020 - San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina, San Diego, USA
Varighed: 3 jan. 20205 jan. 2020
https://www.aeaweb.org/conference/2020

Konference

KonferenceAEA Annual Meeting 2020
LokationSan Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina
LandUSA
BySan Diego
Periode03/01/202005/01/2020
Internetadresse

Emneord

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

Citationsformater

Boerner, L., Rubin, J., & Severgnini, B. (2020). A Time to Print, a Time to Reform. Poster session præsenteret på AEA Annual Meeting 2020, San Diego, USA. https://www.aeaweb.org/conference/2020/preliminary/paper/HitQDa9k