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ERIC Number: EJ786864
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 22
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ISSN: ISSN-0303-8300
Using Fractionalization Indexes: Deriving Methodological Principles for Growth Studies from Time Series Evidence
Fedderke, Johannes; Luiz, John; de Kadt, Raphael
Social Indicators Research, v85 n2 p257-278 Jan 2008
Recent cross-country growth studies have found that ethnolinguistic fractionalization is an important explanatory variable of long-run growth performance. This paper highlights some limitations of cross-country studies by focusing on the time series evidence for South Africa. In presenting variation over time in a number of social dimensions, this paper adds longitudinal evidence on a range of dimensions that have been linked to long run economic development. Given South Africa's history of ethnic and racial politics, it constitutes a useful case study to explore the dynamics of the possible effects of ethnolinguistic fractionalization on growth. We introduce several new sets of fractionalization indicators for South Africa: ethnolinguistic, religious and cultural fractionalization, and a polarization measure. The results of this study provide important nuance to the existing body of evidence, for the use of fractionalization indices in growth studies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa