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Peripheral diversity and redistribution

Klaus Desmet (), Ignacio Ortuno-Ortin and Shlomo Weber
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Ignacio Ortuno Ortin

No 2005044, LIDAM Discussion Papers CORE from Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE)

Abstract: This paper investigates the effect of ethnolinguistic conflict on redistribution. The analysis focuses on the conflict arising between "peripheral" minority groups and a dominant "center". We propose an index of linguistic conflict that (i) encompasses both diversity and polarization, and (ii) accounts for the distance between lanuguages. Our results suggest that linguistic diversity is a better predictor of redistribution than linguistic polarization. We also find that incorporating linguistic distances leads to better predictions.

Keywords: linguistic diversity; redistribution; polarization (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D6 D74 H5 Z10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005-06
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