Why Does Ethnic Diversity Undermine Public Goods Provision?

  title={Why Does Ethnic Diversity Undermine Public Goods Provision?},
  author={James Paul Habyarimana and Macartan Humphreys and Daniel N. Posner and Jeremy M. Weinstein},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={709 - 725}
A large and growing literature links high levels of ethnic diversity to low levels of public goods provision. Yet although the empirical connection between ethnic heterogeneity and the underprovision of public goods is widely accepted, there is little consensus on the specific mechanisms through which this relationship operates. We identify three families of mechanisms that link diversity to public goods provision—what we term “preferences,” “technology,” and “strategy selection” mechanisms—and… 
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