Arusha Cooray is a senior lecturer at the School of Economics, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia and a research associate at the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia. His e-mail address is: email@example.com. I wish to thank two anonymous referees, Leelananda De Silva and S. Meegama for valuable suggestions.
Ethnic or Political Fractionalisation? A District Level Analysis of the Provision of Public Goods in Sri Lanka
Article first published online: 16 MAY 2014
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Growth and Change
Volume 45, Issue 4, pages 640–666, December 2014
How to Cite
Cooray, A. (2014), Ethnic or Political Fractionalisation? A District Level Analysis of the Provision of Public Goods in Sri Lanka. Growth and Change, 45: 640–666. doi: 10.1111/grow.12060
- Issue published online: 5 DEC 2014
- Article first published online: 16 MAY 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: JAN 2013
- Manuscript Revised: DEC 2012
- Manuscript Received: MAY 2012
This study investigates the influence of ethnic and political fractionalisation on the provision of public goods at a district level in Sri Lanka. Evidence shows that political fractionalisation has a greater negative impact on the provision of public goods compared with ethnic fractionalisation. Similarly, political polarisation has a greater negative effect on the provision of public goods compared with ethnic polarisation. The interaction between ethnic and political measures suggests that political fractionalisation (political polarisation) exacerbates the negative effects of ethnic fractionalisation (ethnic polarisation) on the provision of public goods. The ethnolinguistic fractionalisation (ELF) index assumes greater statistical significance under fixed effects estimation suggesting greater within district effects in the relationship between ELF and public good provision.