The Impact of Ethnic Heterogeneity on the Quantity and Quality of Public Spending

21 Pages Posted: 29 Jan 2006

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Louis Kuijs

World Bank; International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Date Written: March 2000

Abstract

The paper investigates empirically the impact of ethnic heterogeneity on the amount of public spending on health and education and the quality, or technical efficiency of spending. While it finds partial evidence for the claim that more heterogeneous societies spend less on public goods, it suggests that heterogeneity significantly affects the efficiency of public expenditure outcomes in terms of social indicators. The results suggest that the impact of heterogeneity on public expenditure outcomes is not just a public choice problem, but also an issue of technical efficiency

Keywords: government spending, public goods, ethnic heterogeneity

JEL Classification: H10, H41, H51, H52

Suggested Citation

Kuijs, Louis, The Impact of Ethnic Heterogeneity on the Quantity and Quality of Public Spending (March 2000). IMF Working Paper No. 00/49, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=879446

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