Economic Effects of Domestic and Neighbouring Countries' Cultural Diversity
AbstractThis paper investigates the economic growth impact of cultural diversity, both domestically and in neighbouring countries, in a balanced panel of 94 countries covering the period 1970 to 2004. The measures of cultural diversity used in this article were derived from a recently developed computer algorithm intended primarily to measure linguistic distances in an automated fashion. The empirical analysis suggests that the degree of cultural diversity in contiguous neighbouring countries has substantial positive effects on domestic per capita income growth, even controlling for a broad set of regional, institutional, religious and other proximate factors of economic growth. The conclusion is that culturally homogeneous countries gain a strategic advantage over their culturally diverse neighbours.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by ZenTra - Center for Transnational Studies in its series ZenTra Working Papers in Transnational Studies with number 16 / 2013.
Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2013
Date of revision: Apr 2013
cultural diversity; ethnic diversity; economic growth;
Other versions of this item:
- Erkan Gören, 2013. "Economic Effects of Domestic and Neighbouring Countries’ Cultural Diversity," Working Papers V-352-13, University of Oldenburg, Department of Economics, revised Mar 2013.
- O11 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
- O5 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2013-06-16 (All new papers)
- NEP-CMP-2013-06-16 (Computational Economics)
- NEP-CUL-2013-06-16 (Cultural Economics)
- NEP-CWA-2013-06-16 (Central & Western Asia)
- NEP-DEM-2013-06-16 (Demographic Economics)
- NEP-DEV-2013-06-16 (Development)
- NEP-GEO-2013-06-16 (Economic Geography)
- NEP-URE-2013-06-16 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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