Gridlock: Ethnic Diversity in Government and the Provision of Public Goods
48 Pages Posted: 1 Oct 2014 Last revised: 22 May 2015
Date Written: April 2015
How does diversity in government impact public good provision? To address this question, we construct a novel dataset linking the ethnicity of California city council candidates to election outcomes and expenditure decisions. We then study how the narrow election of a candidate whose ethnicity differs from the city’s modal ethnicity affects expenditure decisions. We find that higher diversity on the council leads to less spending on public goods (especially in segregated cities) and fewer votes for affected council members when they run for reelection.
Keywords: Diversity, government, public good provision
JEL Classification: H40, H72, D78
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