Peripheral Diversity and Redistribution
CORE Discussion Paper No. 2005/44
41 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2005
Date Written: June 2005
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
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