Ethnic Inequality

Alesina, A, Michalopoulos, S and Papaioannou, E (2016) Ethnic Inequality. Journal of Political Economy, 124 (2). pp. 428-488. ISSN 0022-3808


This study explores the consequences and origins of between-ethnicity inequality for a large sample of countries. First, combining satellite images of nighttime luminosity with the homelands of ethnolinguistic groups, we construct measures of ethnic inequality. Second, we uncover a strong inverse association between ethnic inequality and contemporary development above and beyond its relationship with cross-region and cross–administrative unit inequality. Third, we establish that differences in geographic endowments across ethnic homelands explain a sizable fraction of the variation in economic disparities across groups. Fourth, we show that inequality in geographic endowments across ethnic homelands is a negative correlate of development.

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Subject Areas: Economics
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Date Deposited: 18 May 2016 12:56
Subjects: Inequality
Last Modified: 26 May 2024 01:55

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