Institutional Constituents of Human Well-being in Papua New Guinea: A Second District-level Analysis

67 Pages Posted: 24 May 2021

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Colin Filer

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy

Jon Fraenkel

Victoria University of Wellington

Terence Wood

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy

Date Written: May 24, 2021

Abstract

In the first discussion paper in this two paper series, Filer and Wood (2021) derived two measures of human well-being from the 2000 national census and sought to establish the relative strength of their association with 12 geographical variables in a comparative study of the 85 partially rural districts of Papua New Guinea. In this paper, we seek to compare the relative significance of these geographical variables and a smaller range of institutional variables for which we have been able to secure reasonable robust measures at a district level. We find that the degree of linguistic diversity or ‘ethno-linguistic fragmentation’ is quite strongly associated with a high level of child mortality, but is not associated with low levels of school attendance. Other institutional variables are only weakly associated with one or other of these two dependent variables, once the more significant of the geographical variables are taken into account. We conclude with a discussion of several issues that need to be taken into account in an interpretation of these findings.

This is the second discussion paper in a two paper series involving district-level analysis of human well-being in Papua New Guinea. See also: Filer, C & Wood, T (2021). Geographical Constituents of Human Well-being in Papua New Guinea: A District-level Analysis. Development Policy Centre Discussion Paper No. 92, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University, Canberra, available at https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3791993.

A codebook and spreadsheet containing measures for all the variables assessed in both discussion papers is available at https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.14456229.

Keywords: Papua New Guinea, PNG, geography, development, well-being, colonial rule, pre-colonial political centralisation, institutional theories of development, linguistic diversity, ethno-linguistic fragmentation, child mortality, school attendance

JEL Classification: O1, P25, R1

Suggested Citation

Filer, Colin and Fraenkel, Jon and Wood, Terence, Institutional Constituents of Human Well-being in Papua New Guinea: A Second District-level Analysis (May 24, 2021). Development Policy Centre Discussion Paper No. 95, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3851755

Colin Filer (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy ( email )

ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

Jon Fraenkel

Victoria University of Wellington ( email )

P.O. Box 600
Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

Terence Wood

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy ( email )

7 Liversidge Street
Lennox Crossing
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory ACT 0200
Australia

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