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Public goods and ethnic diversity: evidence from deforestation in Indonesia

Alesina, A., Gennaioli, C. and Lovo, S. ORCID: (2019) Public goods and ethnic diversity: evidence from deforestation in Indonesia. Economica, 86 (341). pp. 32-66. ISSN 1468-0335

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1111/ecca.12285


This paper shows that the level of deforestation in Indonesia is positively related to the degree of ethnic fractionalization. To identify a causal relation we exploit the exogenous timing of variation in the level of ethnic heterogeneity due to the creation of new jurisdictions. We provide evidence consistent with a lower control of politicians, through electoral punishment, in more ethnically fragmented districts. Our results are consistent with the literature on (under) provision of public goods in ethnically diverse societies.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Economics
ID Code:77315


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