Ethnic Diversity and Economic Performance

47 Pages Posted: 30 Jul 2004

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Alberto F. Alesina

Harvard University - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Eliana La Ferrara

University of Bocconi - Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research (IGIER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: December 2003

Abstract

We survey and assess the literature on the positive and negative effects of ethnic diversity on economic policies and outcomes. Our focus is on countries, on cities in developed countries (the U.S.) and on villages in developing countries. We also consider the endogenous formation of political jurisdictions and we highlight several open issues in need of further research.

Suggested Citation

Alesina, Alberto F. and La Ferrara, Eliana, Ethnic Diversity and Economic Performance (December 2003). Harvard Institute of Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 2028. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=569881 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.569881

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