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The Origins of Ethnolinguistic Diversity

Stelios Michalopoulos ()

No 110, Carlo Alberto Notebooks from Collegio Carlo Alberto

Abstract: This research examines the economic origins of ethnolinguistic diversity. The empirical analysis constructs detailed data on the distribution of land quality and elevation across contiguous regions, virtual and real countries, and shows that variation in elevation and land quality has contributed significantly to the emergence and persistence of ethnic fractionalization. The empirical and historical evidence is consistent with the proposed hypothesis, according to which heterogeneous land endowments generated region specific human capital, limiting population mobility and leading to the formation of localized ethnicities and languages. The research contributes to the understanding of the emergence of ethnicities and their spatial distribution and offers a distinction between the natural, geographically driven, versus the artificial, man-made, components of contemporary ethnic diversity.

Keywords: Ethnic Diversity; Geography; Technological Progress; Human Capital; Colonization (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O11 O12 O15 O33 O40 J20 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-his, nep-hrm, nep-mig and nep-ure
Date: 2009
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