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Title:Diversity and the distribution of public goods in Sub-Saharan Africa
Author:Jackson, Ken
Year:2013
Periodical:Journal of African Economies (ISSN 0963-8024)
Volume:22
Issue:3
Pages:437-462
Language:English
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:public services
drinking water
electricity
education
ethnicity
minority groups
Link:http://jae.oxfordjournals.org/content/22/3/437.full.pdf
Abstract:Diversity is a key issue in the provision of critical publicly provided goods such as clean drinking water and education. To develop institutions that address this issue, an understanding of the mechanisms through which diversity and public goods are related is critical. A simple model of public good provision is developed to demonstrate that there are potentially measurable differences between existing theories, particularly in the distribution of the public good to minority groups. These differences are then illustrated with respect to the distribution of drinking water, electricity and education across 18 countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. The results are consistent with ethnic diversity affecting the provision of all three public goods, but with the mechanism behind the effect varying depending on the nature of the public good. App., bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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