The Origins of Technolinguistic Diversity
Stelios Michalopoulos ()
No 95, Economics Working Papers from Institute for Advanced Study, School of Social Science
This study explores the determinants of ethnolinguistic diversity within as well as across countries shedding light on its geographic origins. The empirical analysis conducted across countries, virtual countries and pairs of contiguous regions establishes that geographic variability, captured by variation in regional land quality and elevation, is a fundamental determinant of contemporary linguistic diversity. The findings are consistent with the proposed hypothesis that differences in land endowments gave rise to location-specific human capital, leading to the formation of localized ethnicities.
Keywords: Ethnic Diversity; Geography; Growth; Languages; Human Capital (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O10 O40 N50 Z10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-hrm and nep-ure
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
Journal Article: The Origins of Ethnolinguistic Diversity (2012)
Working Paper: The Origins of Ethnolinguistic Diversity (2009)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:ads:wpaper:0095
Access Statistics for this paper
More papers in Economics Working Papers from Institute for Advanced Study, School of Social Science Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Nancy Cotterman ().