Nber Working Paper Series the Political Economy of Ethnolinguistic Cleavages

@inproceedings{Desmet2012NberWP,
  title={Nber Working Paper Series the Political Economy of Ethnolinguistic Cleavages},
  author={Klaus Desmet and Ignacio Ortu{\~n}o-Ortin and Romain Wacziarg},
  year={2012}
}
This paper proposes a new method to measure ethnolinguistic diversity and offers new results linking such diversity with a range of political economy outcomes -civil conflict, redistribution, economic growth and the provision of public goods. We use linguistic trees, describing the genealogical relationship between the entire set of 6,912 world languages, to compute measures of fractionalization and polarization at different levels of linguistic aggregation. By doing so, we let the data inform… CONTINUE READING
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