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The Impact of Ethnic Heterogeneityon the Quantity and Quality of Public Spending


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  • Louis Kuijs
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    The paper investigates empirically the impact of ethnic heterogeneity on the amount of public spending on health and education and the quality, or “technical efficiency” of spending. While it finds partial evidence for the claim that more heterogeneous societies spend less on public goods, it suggests that heterogeneity significantly affects the efficiency of public expenditure outcomes in terms of social indicators. The results suggest that the impact of heterogeneity on public expenditure outcomes is not just a public choice problem, but also an issue of “technical efficiency.”

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    Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 00/49.

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    Length: 20
    Date of creation: 01 Mar 2000
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    Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:00/49

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    Keywords: Government expenditures; schooling; public spending; public health; infant mortality; education spending; health spending; public health spending; public education; public expenditure; health expenditure; health care; education systems; health sector; education indicators; problems; education sector; education expenditure; health indicators; macroeconomic stability; health system; primary health care; education policy;


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    Cited by:
    1. Benjamin Bridgman, . "Multiethnic Democracy," Departmental Working Papers, Department of Economics, Louisiana State University 2004-02, Department of Economics, Louisiana State University.
    2. Eris, Mehmet, 2010. "Population heterogeneity and growth," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 27(5), pages 1211-1222, September.
    3. Benjamin Bridgman, . "Why Are Ethnically Divided Countries Poor?," Departmental Working Papers, Department of Economics, Louisiana State University 2003-11, Department of Economics, Louisiana State University.
    4. Schaeffer, Merlin, 2013. "Ethnic diversity, public goods provision and social cohesion: Lessons from an inconclusive literature," Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Migration, Integration, Transnationalization SP VI 2013-103, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).
    5. Soiliou Namoro, 2008. "Youth Reproductive Health in Sub-Saharan Africa. Is Governance Part of the Problem?," Working Papers, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Economics 347, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Economics, revised 2009.
    6. Stichnoth, Holger & van der Straeten, Karine, 2009. "Ethnic diversity and attitudes towards redistribution: a review of the literature," ZEW Discussion Papers, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research 09-036, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.


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