21 January 2015Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm
Venue: FB4.04/4.08, Mile End Campus, E1 4NS
Speaker name & affiliation
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.
Public Goods and Ethnic Diversity: Evidence from Deforestation in Indonesia
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.