The political economy of linguistic cleavages

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dc.contributor.author Desmet, Klaus
dc.contributor.author Ortuño, Ignacio
dc.contributor.author Wacziarg, Romain
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-11T17:07:12Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-11T17:07:12Z
dc.date.issued 2012-03
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitation Journal of Development Economics, 2012, v. 97, n. 2, pp. 322-338
dc.identifier.issn 0304-3878
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10016/14226
dc.description.abstract This paper uses a linguistic tree, describing the genealogical relationship between all 6912 world languages, to compute measures of diversity at different levels of linguistic aggregation. By doing so, we let the data inform us on which linguistic cleavages are most relevant for a range of political economy outcomes, rather than making ad hoc choices. We find that deep cleavages, originating thousands of years ago, lead to better predictors of civil conflict and redistribution. The opposite pattern emerges when it comes to the impact of linguistic diversity on growth and public goods provision, where finer distinctions between languages matter
dc.description.sponsorship Desmet gratefully acknowledges financial support from the Comunidad de Madrid (PROCIUDAD-CM), and the Spanish Ministry of Science (ECO2008-01300). Ortuño-Ortín gratefully acknowledges financial support from the Spanish Ministry of Science (ECO2010-19596). Wacziarg gratefully acknowledges financial support from Stanford University's Presidential Fund for Innovation in International Studies and from UCLA's Center for International Business Education and Research
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Elsevier
dc.rights © Elsevier
dc.subject.other Ethnolinguistic cleavages
dc.subject.other Diversity
dc.subject.other Linguistic trees
dc.subject.other Civil conflict
dc.subject.other Redistribution
dc.subject.other Public goods
dc.subject.other Growth
dc.title The political economy of linguistic cleavages
dc.type article
dc.description.status Publicado
dc.relation.publisherversion http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jdeveco.2011.02.003
dc.subject.jel H1
dc.subject.jel N4
dc.subject.jel O4
dc.subject.jel O5
dc.subject.eciencia Economía
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.jdeveco.2011.02.003
dc.rights.accessRights openAccess
dc.relation.projectID Gobierno de España. ECO2008-01300
dc.relation.projectID Gobierno de España. ECO2010-19596
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dc.identifier.publicationfirstpage 322
dc.identifier.publicationissue 2
dc.identifier.publicationlastpage 338
dc.identifier.publicationtitle Journal of Development Economics
dc.identifier.publicationvolume 97
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