Fractionalization

72 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2003 Last revised: 31 Oct 2010

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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

UCLA Anderson School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: January 2003

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.

Suggested Citation

Alesina, Alberto F. and Easterly, William and Devleeschauwer, Arnaud and Kurlat, Sergio and Wacziarg, Romain T., Fractionalization (January 2003). NBER Working Paper No. w9411. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=366448

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