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Fractionalization


Alberto F. Alesina


Harvard University - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

William Easterly


New York University - Department of Economics

Arnaud Devleeschauwer


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sergio Kurlat


World Bank

Romain T. Wacziarg


National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

June 2002

Harvard Institute Research Working Paper No. 1959

Abstract:     
We provide new measures of ethnic, linguistic and religious fractionalization for about 190 countries. These measures are more comprehensive than those previously used in the economics literature and we compare our new variables with those previously used. We also revisit the question of the effects of ethnic, linguistic and religious fractionalization on quality of institutions and growth. We partly confirm and partly modify previous results. The patterns of cross-correlations between potential explanatory variables and their different degree of endogeneity makes it hard to make unqualified statements about competing explanations for economic growth and the quality of government.

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Date posted: July 20, 2002  

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Alesina, Alberto F. and Easterly, William and Devleeschauwer, Arnaud and Kurlat, Sergio and Wacziarg, Romain T., Fractionalization (June 2002). Harvard Institute Research Working Paper No. 1959. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=319762 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.319762

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Alberto F. Alesina (Contact Author)
Harvard University - Department of Economics ( email )
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Cambridge, MA 02138
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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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William Easterly
New York University - Department of Economics ( email )
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Arnaud Devleeschauwer
affiliation not provided to SSRN
Sergio Kurlat
World Bank ( email )
1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433
United States
Romain T. Wacziarg
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
77 Bastwick Street
London, EC1V 3PZ
United Kingdom
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