Ethnic and Cultural Diversity by Country*

  title={Ethnic and Cultural Diversity by Country*},
  author={James D. Fearon},
  journal={Journal of Economic Growth},
  • J. Fearon
  • Published 1 June 2003
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Economic Growth
For their empirical evaluation, several active research programs in economics and political science require data on ethnic groups across countries. “Ethnic group,” however, is a slippery concept. After addressing conceptual and practical obstacles, I present a list of 822 ethnic groups in 160 countries that made up at least 1 percent of the country population in the early 1990s. I compare a measure of ethnic fractionalization based on this list with the most commonly used measure. I also… 
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