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Title: Does ethnic segregation matter for spatial inequality? A cross-country analysis

Author(s): Roberto Ezcurra and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

Publication Date: March 2017

Keyword(s): ethnic segregration and spatial inequality

Programme Area(s): International Trade and Regional Economics

Abstract: The paper examines the link between ethnic segregation and spatial inequality in 71 countries with different levels of economic development. The results reveal that ethnic segregation is associated with significantly higher levels of spatial inequality. This finding is not affected by the inclusion of various covariates that may influence both spatial inequality and the geographical distribution of ethnic groups, and is confirmed by a number of robustness tests. The results also suggest that political decentralization and the quality of government could act as transmission channels linking ethnic segregation and spatial inequality.

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Ezcurra, R and Rodríguez-Pose, A. 2017. 'Does ethnic segregation matter for spatial inequality? A cross-country analysis'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.