Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Economics

Title

Fractionalization, polarization, and economic growth: Identifying the transmission channels

Language

English

Abstract

In this article, we examine empirically both the direct and indirect links between ethnic fragmentation and economic growth. We find that both ethnic fractionalization and polarization are negatively associated with growth if considered in isolation; an effect that is though primarily attributed to their link to other growth-related activities (i.e., investment, conflict, control of corruption, fertility). We study the corresponding transmission channels and calculate their relative importance in explaining a development curse based on ethnic diversity. For both measures of ethnic fragmentation, we find the corruption channel to be the most important one. © 2014 Western Economic Association International.

Publication Date

2014

Source Publication Title

Economic Inquiry

Volume

52

Issue

3

Start Page

1204

End Page

1218

Publisher

Wiley

DOI

10.1111/ecin.12070

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecin.12070

ISSN (print)

00952583

ISSN (electronic)

14657295

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