Ethnolinguistic Favoritism in African Politics

@inproceedings{Dickens2018EthnolinguisticFI,
  title={Ethnolinguistic Favoritism in African Politics},
  author={Andrew Dickens},
  year={2018}
}
I document evidence of ethnic favoritism in a panel of 163 ethnolinguistic groups partitioned across 35 African countries. In contrast to previous studies, I construct a computerized lexicostatistical measure of linguistic similarity between each ethnic group and the national leader as a novel measure of ethnic proximity. I exploit the arbitrary placement of African political borders as a source of exogenous within-group variation, where the similarity of the same partitioned group varies over… CONTINUE READING

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