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Public Goods and Ethnic Diversity: Evidence from Deforestation in Indonesia

Alberto Alesina, Caterina Gennaioli and Stefania Lovo ()

Economica, 2019, vol. 86, issue 341, 32-66

Abstract: 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.

Date: 2019
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Working Paper: Public Goods and Ethnic Diversity: Evidence from Deforestation in Indonesia (2016) Downloads
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