Social Cohesion, Institutions, and Growth

34 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2007

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William Easterly

New York University - Department of Economics

Jozef Ritzen

University of Maastricht

Michael Woolcock

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG); Harvard University - Kennedy School of Government; Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

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Date Written: August 2006

Abstract

We present evidence that measures of "social cohesion," such as income inequality and ethnic fractionalization, endogenously determine institutional quality, which in turn casually determines growth.

Keywords: Political institutions, social cohesion, poverty, economic policy

JEL Classification: H5, O1

Suggested Citation

Easterly, William and Ritzen, Jozef and Woolcock, Michael, Social Cohesion, Institutions, and Growth (August 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=983117 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.983117

William Easterly

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