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An ethnic polarization measure with an application to Ivory Coast data

  • Paul Makdissi

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    (Department of Economics, University of Ottawa)

  • Thierry Roy

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    (GRÉDI, Université de Sherbrooke)

  • Luc Savard

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    (GRÉDI, Université de Sherbrooke)

In this paper, we suggest a framework for the analysis of ethnic polarization. This framework allows for the measurement of ethnic or religious polarization. We apply our measure to Ivory Coast and find a surprising result as the ethnic polarization decreased in years preceding the conflict in the country. However, further decomposition of the ethnic polarization index allows us to understand better how the variation in polarization may have induced this conflict.

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Paper provided by University of Ottawa, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0806E.

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Length: 15 pages
Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:ott:wpaper:0806e
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  1. Jean-Yves Duclos & Joan Esteban & Debraj Ray, 2003. "Polarization: Concepts, Measurement, Estimation," Working Papers 46, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.
  2. Joan Esteban & Debraj Ray, 2011. "A Model Of Ethnic Conflict," Journal of the European Economic Association, European Economic Association, vol. 9(3), pages 496-521, 06.
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  4. Wolfson, Michael C, 1997. "Divergent Inequalities: Theory and Empirical Results," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 43(4), pages 401-21, December.
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