Does Ethnic Segregation Matter for Spatial Inequality? A Cross-Country Analysis
49 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2017
Date Written: March 2017
The paper examines the link between ethnic segregation and spatial inequality in 71 countries with different levels of economic development. The results reveal that ethnic segregation is associated with significantly higher levels of spatial inequality. This finding is not affected by the inclusion of various covariates that may influence both spatial inequality and the geographical distribution of ethnic groups, and is confirmed by a number of robustness tests. The results also suggest that political decentralization and the quality of government could act as transmission channels linking ethnic segregation and spatial inequality.
Keywords: ethnic segregration, spatial inequality
JEL Classification: J15, O11, O18, R11
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