Ethnic divisions and public goods provision, revisited

  title={Ethnic divisions and public goods provision, revisited},
  author={Rachel M. Gisselquist},
  journal={Ethnic and Racial Studies},
  pages={1605 - 1627}
A considerable amount of recent work in political science and economics builds from the hypothesis that ethnic heterogeneity leads to poor provision of public goods, a key component of poor governance. Much of this work cites Alesina, Baqir and Easterly as providing empirical proof. This paper argues that the findings of this article have been significantly overstated. Through a simple re-analysis of the data, it shows that ethnic diversity does not straightforwardly undermine public goods… 

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