Measuring Ethnic Stratification and its Effect on Trust in Africa

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Roland Hodler

University of St. Gallen; University of Oxford; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Sorawoot Srisuma

University of Surrey

Alberto Vesperoni

Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt

Noémie Zurlinden

University of St. Gallen

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Date Written: 2018

Abstract

We define and axiomatically characterize an index of ethnic stratification that measures the extent to which the hierarchy in socio-economic positions across the individuals of a society follows ethnolinguistic lines. This index generalizes the idea of between-group inequality to situations where data on economic and ethnolinguistic distances between pairs of individuals is available. We define an estimator of our index that takes the form of a second order U-statistic and has well-behaved statistical properties, and we show that ethnic stratification is empirically related to low levels of trust in other people and institutions at the local level in Africa.

Keywords: inequality, ethnic diversity, ethnic fractionalization, trust

JEL Classification: D310, D630, Z130

Suggested Citation

Hodler, Roland and Srisuma, Sorawoot and Vesperoni, Alberto and Zurlinden, Noémie, Measuring Ethnic Stratification and its Effect on Trust in Africa (2018). CESifo Working Paper No. 7405. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3338759

Roland Hodler (Contact Author)

University of St. Gallen ( email )

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University of Oxford ( email )

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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) ( email )

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Sorawoot Srisuma

University of Surrey ( email )

School of Economics
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
Guildford, Surrey GU2 5XH
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://https://sites.google.com/site/tangsrisuma/

Alberto Vesperoni

Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt ( email )

Universitätsstrasse 65-67
Klagenfurt, Carinthia 9020
Austria

Noémie Zurlinden

University of St. Gallen ( email )

Switzerland

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