66 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2002
Date Written: June 2002
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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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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=319762 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.319762