The Employment Effects of Ethnic Politics

Amodio, F, Chiovelli, G and Hohmann, S (2019) The Employment Effects of Ethnic Politics. Working Paper. Social Sciences Research Network.


This paper studies the labor market consequences of ethnic politics in African democracies. Using data from 15 countries, 32 elections, and more than 400,000 individuals, we implement a regression discontinuity design that compares individuals from ethnicities connected to parties at the margin of electing a local representative in the national parliament. Having a local ethnic party politician in parliament increases the likelihood of being employed by 2-3 pp. The available evidence supports the hypothesis that this effect results from strategic interactions between politicians and traditional leaders, the latter being empowered to allocate land and agricultural jobs in exchange for votes.

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Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Subject Areas: Economics
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Wheeler Institute for Business and Development

Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2021 18:38
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2022 08:19

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