DSpace Repository

Jewish Occupational Selection : Education, Restrictions, or Minorities?

Show simple item record

dc.creator Botticini, Maristella
dc.creator Eckstein, Zvi
dc.date 2004
dc.date.accessioned 2013-10-16T07:10:43Z
dc.date.available 2013-10-16T07:10:43Z
dc.date.issued 2013-10-16
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/10419/20477
dc.identifier ppn:392650614
dc.identifier.uri http://koha.mediu.edu.my:8181/xmlui/handle/10419/20477
dc.description This paper documents the major features of Jewish economic history in the first millennium to explain the distinctive occupational selection of the Jewish people into urban, skilled occupations. We show that many Jews entered urban occupations in the eighth-ninth centuries in the Muslim Empire when there were no restrictions on their economic activities, most of them were farmers, and they were a minority in all locations. Therefore, arguments based on restrictions or minority status cannot explain the occupational transition of the Jews at that time. Our thesis is that the occupational selection of the Jews was the outcome of the widespread literacy prompted by a religious and educational reform in the first century ce, which was implemented in the third to the eighth century. We present detailed information on the implementation of this religious and educational reform in Judaism based on the Talmud, archeological evidence on synagogues, the Cairo Geniza documents, and the Responsa literature. We also provide evidence of the economic returns to Jewish religious literacy.
dc.language eng
dc.relation IZA Discussion paper series 1224
dc.rights http://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen
dc.subject O10
dc.subject J10
dc.subject N30
dc.subject J20
dc.subject ddc:330
dc.subject first millennium
dc.subject human capital
dc.subject Jewish economic history
dc.subject migration
dc.subject occupational choice
dc.subject religion and social norms
dc.subject Wirtschaftsgeschichte
dc.subject Sozialgeschichte
dc.subject Humankapital
dc.subject Urbanisierung
dc.subject Mobilität
dc.subject Soziale Mobilität
dc.subject Juden
dc.title Jewish Occupational Selection : Education, Restrictions, or Minorities?
dc.type doc-type:workingPaper

Files in this item

Files Size Format View

There are no files associated with this item.

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

Search DSpace

Advanced Search


My Account