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The Roots of Ethnic Diversity

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Authors Pelle Ahlerup
Ola Olsson
Publisher Göteborg University
Place of publication Göteborg
Publication year 2007
Published at Department of Economics
Language en
Links hdl.handle.net/2077/8482
Keywords ethnicity, ethnic diversity, human origins, JEL Codes: N40, N50, P3
Subject categories Economics

Abstract

The level of ethnic diversity is believed to have significant consequences for economic and political development within countries. In this article, we provide a theoretical and empirical analysis of the determinants of ethnic diversity in the world. We introduce a model of cultural and genetic drift where new ethnic groups endogenously emerge among peripheral populations as a response to an insufficient supply of public goods. In line with our model, we find that the duration of human settlements has a strong positive association with ethnic diversity. Ethnic diversity decreases with the length of modern state experience and with distance from the equator. Both "primordial" and "constructivist" hypotheses of ethnic fractionalization thus receive some support by our analysis.

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