The stability and breakup of nations : a quantitative analysis

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dc.contributor.author Desmet, Klaus
dc.contributor.author Le Breton, Michel
dc.contributor.author Ortuño, Ignacio
dc.contributor.author Weber, Shlomo
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-11T17:57:11Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-11T17:57:11Z
dc.date.issued 2011-08-18
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitation Journal of Economic Growth, 2011, v. 16, n. 3, pp. 183-213
dc.identifier.issn 1381-4338
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10016/14227
dc.description.abstract This paper quantitatively analyzes the stability and breakup of nations. The tradeoff between increasing returns in the provision of public goods and the costs of greater cultural heterogeneity mediates agents’ preferences over different geographical configura- tions, thus determining the likelihood of secessions and unions. After calibrating the model to Europe, we identify the regions prone to secession and the countries most likely to merge. We then estimate the implied monetary gains from EU membership. As a test of the theory, we show that the model can account for the breakup of Yugoslavia and the dynamics of its disintegration.We find that economic differences between theYugoslav republics determined the order of disintegration, but cultural differences, though small, were key to the country’s instability. The paper also provides empirical support for the use of genetic distances as a proxy for cultural heterogeneity
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Springer Verlag
dc.relation.isversionof http://hdl.handle.net/10016/4806
dc.rights © Springer
dc.subject.other Nation formation
dc.subject.other Genetic diversity
dc.subject.other Cultural heterogeneity
dc.subject.other Secession
dc.subject.other Unification
dc.subject.other Europe
dc.subject.other Yugoslavia
dc.title The stability and breakup of nations : a quantitative analysis
dc.type article
dc.description.status Publicado
dc.relation.publisherversion http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10887-011-9068-z
dc.subject.jel H77
dc.subject.jel D70
dc.subject.jel F02
dc.subject.jel H40
dc.subject.eciencia Economía
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s10887-011-9068-z
dc.rights.accessRights openAccess
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dc.identifier.publicationfirstpage 183
dc.identifier.publicationissue 3
dc.identifier.publicationlastpage 213
dc.identifier.publicationtitle Journal of Economic Growth
dc.identifier.publicationvolume 16
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