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Joseph F. Gomes

Institute of Economic and Social Research (IRES)
College L.H. Dupriez, 3 Place Montesquieu
B-1348 L2.06.01
Louvain-la-Neuve
Belgium

E-Mail: joseph.gomes@uclouvain.be
Institutional Affiliation: Universite catholique de Louvain

NBER Working Papers and Publications

June 2018The Geography of Linguistic Diversity and the Provision of Public Goods
with Klaus Desmet, Ignacio Ortuño-Ortín: w24694
This paper analyzes the importance of local interaction between individuals of different linguistic groups for the provision of public goods at the national level. The micro-founded conceptual framework we develop predicts that a country's public goods (i) decrease in its overall linguistic fractionalization, and (ii) either increase or decrease in its local learning multiplier, a measure of how local interaction affects antagonism towards other groups in the society at large. After constructing a 5 km by 5 km dataset on language use for 223 countries, we empirically explore these theoretical predictions. While overall fractionalization worsens public goods outcomes, we find a positive causal effect of local learning. Conditional on a country's overall diversity, public goods outcomes are ...

Published: Klaus Desmet & Joseph Flavian Gomes & Ignacio Ortuño-Ortín, 2019. "The geography of linguistic diversity and the provision of public goods," Journal of Development Economics, . citation courtesy of

 
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