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The long-term effects of the printing press in sub-Saharan Africa

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This article investigates the long-term consequences of the printing press in the nineteenth century sub-Saharan Africa on social capital nowadays. Protestant missionaries were the first to import the printing press and to allow the indigenous population to use it. We build a new geocoded dataset locating Protestant missions in 1903. This dataset includes, for each mission station, the geographic location and its characteristics, as well as the printing-, educational-, and healthrelated inves...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1257/app.20140379

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Pembroke College
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Publisher:
American Economic Association
Journal:
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics More from this journal
Volume:
8
Issue:
3
Pages:
69-99
Publication date:
2016-06-29
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EISSN:
1945-7790
ISSN:
1945-7782
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pubs:829502
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uuid:8dd8dab4-6111-4cb2-8b2c-ac44880662b6
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pubs:829502
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829502
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2018-03-14

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