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Social cohesion, institutions, and growth

William Easterly, Jozef Ritzen, Michael Woolcock (2006)

Key facts

Journal/Publisher
Economics and Politics
Type of publication
Journal article
Elements of social cohesion
Identity/feeling of belonging
Equality/Inequality
Geographical focus
Empirical
Main thematic areas
Economic development
Political institutions & governance
Inequality

Summary

We present evidence that measures of ‘‘social cohesion,’’ such as income inequality and ethnic fractionalization, endogenously determine institutional quality, which in turn causally determines growth.

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