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Parochial Politics: Ethnic Preferences and Politician Corruption

  • Abhijit Banerjee


  • Rohini Pande


Increased voter ethnicization, defined as a greater preference for the party representing one's ethnic group, affects politician quality. If politics is characterized by incomplete policy commitment, then ethnicization reduces average winner quality for the pro-majority party with the opposite true for the minority party. The effect increases with greater numerical dominance of the majority (and so social homogeneity). [BREAD WP No. 152].

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