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Title:Questioning ethnic fragmentation's exogeneity: Drivers of changing ethnic boundaries PDF Logo
Authors:Kolo, Philipp
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Discussion papers, Ibero America Institute for Economic Research 210
Abstract:Ethnic fragmentation is a variable increasingly used in the economic literature to explain differences in economic development level, growth or the incidence of conflicts. Nearly all articles have in common that they treat ethnic fragmentation as a static, exogenous fact. Only recently some contributions outlined first ideas, why different levels of ethnic fragmentation evolved based on biodiversity and evolutionary theories. This article has two main goals. In connecting with these recent findings, the article boldly confirms their results that a 'base-level' of fragmentation evolved due to geographical and evolutionary factors. Additionally, it draws the attention to the impact of colonization on fragmentation, especially on how a country was colonized. The main goal, however, is to show that ethnic fragmentation is not only evolving over centuries, but changes over a short period of time. As static factors, e.g. geographical ones, can't be responsible for changes in the short run, the article offers a structured assessment of factors that may influence diversity levels in the short term. Although migration is the most obvious factor, urbanization and especially education play an even more important role in influencing a country's ethnic boundaries.
Subjects:Colonization
Endogeneity
Ethnic fractionalization (ELF)
Heterogeneity
JEL:C23
F54
I29
O10
Z10
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Discussion Papers, IAI, Universität Göttingen

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