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Nationalism and Government Effectiveness

  • Ahlerup, Pelle

    ()

    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

  • Hansson, Gustav

    ()

    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

The literature on nation-building and nationalism suggests that nation-building affects economic and political performance, mitigates the problems associated with ethnic hetero- geneity, but that nationalism, an indicator of successful nation-building, is linked to dismal performance via protectionism and intolerance. This paper shows that there is a nonlinear association between nationalism and government effectiveness, that nationalism leaves no imprint on the effects of ethnic heterogeneity but may be a positive force in former colonies, and that actual trade ows are independent of the level of nationalism in the population.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 313.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 02 Sep 2008
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0313
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