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The Long-Term Effects of the Printing Press in Sub-Saharan Africa

 

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Type:   Article
 
Titre:   The Long-Term Effects of the Printing Press in Sub-Saharan Africa
 
Auteur(s):   Cage, Julia (1984-...) - Département d'économie (Auteur)
Rueda, Valeria (PhD) - Département d'économie (Auteur)
 
In:   American Economic Journal: Applied Economics
 
Date de publication:   2015
 
Éditeur:   American Economic Association
 
Volume:   Forthcoming
 
ISSN:   19457782
 
Mots-clés:   [en] Printing press, Sub-Saharian Africa (19th Century)
 
Résumé:   [en] This article investigates the long-term consequences of the printing press in the 19th 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 health-related investments undertaken by the mission. We show that, within regions close to missions, proximity to a printing press is associated with higher newspaper readership, trust, education, and political participation.
 
 

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