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Pfaff and Hsiao Publish New Article on Iconic Figures’ Influence on the Spread of Protestant Reformation

Posted: 3/3/2023 (CSDE Research)

CSDE Affiliates Steve Pfaff and Yuan Hsaio published a new article “Competing Social Influence in Contested Diffusion: Luther, Erasmus and the Spread of the Protestant Reformation” in Economic Science Institute. The authors study two influential intellectuals of hte 16th century, Martin Luther and Desiderius Erasmus and their influence of reform on Protestant Reformation. Using newly digitalized data on both leaders’ correspondence networks, their travels, the dispersion of their followers, and parallel processes of exchange among places through trade routes, they employ econometric tests and network simulations to test their theoretical model.

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