Peripheral Diversity and Redistribution

CORE Discussion Paper No. 2005/44

41 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2005

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Klaus Desmet

Southern Methodist University (SMU); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Ignacio Ortuño Ortín

University of Alicante - Department of Economic Analysis

Shlomo Weber

Southern Methodist University (SMU) - Department of Economics; New Economic School

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Date Written: June 2005

Abstract

This paper investigates the effect of ethnolinguistic conflict on redistribution. The analysis focuses on the conflict arising between "peripheral" minority groups and a dominant "center". We propose an index of linguistic conflict that (i) encompasses both diversity and polarization, and (ii) accounts for the distance between languages. Our results suggest that linguistic diversity is a better predictor of redistribution than linguistic polarization. We also find that incorporating linguistic distances leads to better predictions.

Keywords: linguistic diversity, redistribution, polarization

JEL Classification: D6, D74, H5, Z10

Suggested Citation

Desmet, Klaus and Ortuño Ortín, Ignacio and Weber, Shlomo, Peripheral Diversity and Redistribution (June 2005). CORE Discussion Paper No. 2005/44. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=760664 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.760664

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