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Peripheral diversity and redistribution

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  • DESMET, Klaus
  • ORTUNO-ORTIN, Ignacio
  • WEBER, Shlomo

This paper investigates the effect of ethnolinguistic conflict on redistribution. The analysis focuses on the conflict arising between "peripheral" minority groups and a dominant "center". We propose an index of linguistic conflict that (i) encompasses both diversity and polarization, and (ii) accounts for the distance between lanuguages. Our results suggest that linguistic diversity is a better predictor of redistribution than linguistic polarization. We also find that incorporating linguistic distances leads to better predictions.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers with number 2005044.

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Date of creation: 00 Jun 2005
Handle: RePEc:cor:louvco:2005044
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