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Ethno-Regional Favouritism in Sub-Saharan Africa

Journal article
Authors Pelle Ahlerup
Ann-Sofie Isaksson
Published in Kyklos
Volume 68
Issue 2
Pages 143-152
ISSN 0023-5962
Publication year 2015
Published at Department of Economics
Pages 143-152
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1111/kykl.12077
Keywords CLIENTELISM, COUNTRIES, Economics
Subject categories Economics and Business

Abstract

Studies of political favouritism in Africa often treat ethnic and regional favouritism as interchangeable concepts. The present paper distinguishes between the two and investigates their relative influence in Sub-Saharan Africa. Focusing on whether individuals perceive their ethnic group to be unfairly treated by government, we assess the importance of being a co-ethnic of the country president, of living in the president's region of origin and of the regional share of president co-ethnics. Empirical findings drawing on detailed individual level survey data covering more than 19000 respondents across 15 African countries suggest that ethnic and regional favouritism are not the same, but rather have independent effects.

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