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Public goods and ethnic diversity: evidence from deforestation in Indonesia

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  • Alesina, Alberto
  • Gennaioli, Caterina
  • Lovo, Stefania

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This paper shows that the level of deforestation in Indonesia is positively related to the degree of ethnic fractionalization. To identify a causal relation we exploit the exogenous timing of variation in the level of ethnic heterogeneity due to the creation of new jurisdictions. We provide evidence consistent with a lower control of politicians, through electoral punishment, in more ethnically fragmented districts. Our results are consistent with the literature on (under) provision of public goods in ethnically diverse societies.

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  • Alesina, Alberto & Gennaioli, Caterina & Lovo, Stefania, 2019. "Public goods and ethnic diversity: evidence from deforestation in Indonesia," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 90257, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
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    deforestation; ethnic diversity; corruption; Indonesia;
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    JEL classification:

    • D73 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Bureaucracy; Administrative Processes in Public Organizations; Corruption
    • L73 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Primary Products and Construction - - - Forest Products
    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General

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