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Public goods and ethnic diversity: evidence from deforestation in Indonesia

Alesina, Alberto, Gennaioli, Caterina and Lovo, Stefania (2019) Public goods and ethnic diversity: evidence from deforestation in Indonesia. Economica, 86 (341). pp. 32-66. ISSN 0013-0427

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Identification Number: 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.

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Additional Information: © 2018 The London School of Economics and Political Science
Divisions: Grantham Research Institute
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
S Agriculture > SD Forestry
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D7 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making > D73 - Bureaucracy; Administrative Processes in Public Organizations; Corruption
L - Industrial Organization > L7 - Industry Studies: Primary Products and Construction > L73 - Forest Products: Lumber and Paper
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O10 - General
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2018 14:23
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2024 20:24

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