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School Research Seminar Series: Hosted by Lucia Corno

21 January 2015

1:00 - 2:00pmFB4.04/4.08, Mile End Campus, E1 4NS

Speaker name & affiliation

Caterina_Gennaioli_webCaterina Gennaioli
Grantham Research Institute
London School of Economics and Political Science

The seminar will highlight the role of an important social dimension, ethnic diversity, in explaining one of the most urgent problems linked to climate change, namely deforestation. I am sure the SBM’s research community, in particular the members affiliated with CRED who do research on ethnic diversity, will be interested in the topic.    

Seminar title

Public Goods and Ethnic Diversity: Evidence from Deforestation in Indonesia

Abstract

We show that the level of deforestation in Indonesia is positively correlated with the degree of ethnic fractionalization of the communities. We explore several channels that may link the two variables. They include the negative effect of ethnic fractionalization on the ability to coordinate and organize resistance against logging companies and a higher level of corruption of politicians less controlled in more fragmented communities.

Website for more information

http://www.lse.ac.uk/GranthamInstitute/profile/caterina-gennaioli/

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