Segregation, Ethnic Favoritism, and the Strategic Targeting of Local Public Goods

@article{Ejdemyr2018SegregationEF,
  title={Segregation, Ethnic Favoritism, and the Strategic Targeting of Local Public Goods},
  author={Simon Ejdemyr and Eric Kramon and Amanda Lea Robinson},
  journal={Comparative Political Studies},
  year={2018},
  volume={51},
  pages={1111 - 1143}
}
This article demonstrates that ethnic segregation is a key determinant of local public goods provision. We argue that this results from politicians’ strategic engagement in ethnic favoritism: Only when ethnic groups are sufficiently segregated can elites efficiently target coethnics with local public goods. We test this expectation with fine-grained data from Malawi on the spatial distribution of ethnic groups, geolocated distributive goods (water wells), and the ethnic identities of political… 

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