Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/123721
Authors: 
Awaworyi Churchill, Sefa
Ocloo, Janet Exornam
Siawor-Robertson, Diana
Year of Publication: 
7-Dec-2015
Abstract: 
This study hypothesizes a relationship between ethnic diversity and health outcomes. We explore the effects of ethnic and linguistic heterogeneity (measured by indices of ethnic and linguistic fractionalization) on 30 health outcome variables in a cross-section of 87 countries. We explore outcomes related to four major categories of health: 1) immunization rates, 2) prevalence of diseases, 3) life expectancy and mortality rates, and 4) health related infrastructure and staff. Across all dimensions examined, evidence suggests that higher heterogeneity is bad for health. We explore several potential mechanisms which could explain the observed negative effects of ethnic and linguistic diversity on health.
Subjects: 
health
Fractionalization
linguistic diversity
ethnic diversity
Document Type: 
Preprint

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