Tribalism and Government Effectiveness

Economics Bulletin, 37(1), pp. 156 - 167

African Governance and Development Institute WP/16/052

15 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2017

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Simplice Asongu

African Governance and Development Institute

Oasis Kodila-Tedika

University of Kinshasa - Department of Economics

Date Written: March 2016

Abstract

This study assesses the relationship between tribalism (the tribalism index) and government effectiveness (per the World Bank) in 60 countries using cross-sectional data. This study finds that countries with high tribal populations generally enjoy bad governance in terms of government ineffectiveness. Government ineffectiveness and tribalism are found to mutually reinforce each other in a robust relationship.

Keywords: Institutions, Tribalism, Government effectiveness

JEL Classification: D02, D73, I20, O55

Suggested Citation

Asongu, Simplice and Kodila-Tedika, Oasis, Tribalism and Government Effectiveness (March 2016). Economics Bulletin, 37(1), pp. 156 - 167; African Governance and Development Institute WP/16/052. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2901284 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2901284

Simplice Asongu (Contact Author)

African Governance and Development Institute ( email )

P.O. Box 8413
Yaoundé, 8413
Cameroon

Oasis Kodila-Tedika

University of Kinshasa - Department of Economics ( email )

Kinshasa
Democratic Republic of the Congo

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