JICA Research Institute


Ethnic Diversity and Economic Instability in Africa

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A negative correlation in quantitative terms is said to exist between ethnic diversity and economic growth, but the basis for this statement and its accuracy are unclear. This study seeks to clarify the matter through an interdisciplinary combination of economics, political science, anthropology and other relevant fields. In this way a comprehensive examination of links between ethnic diversity and economic stability in Africa and other regions becomes possible. A particularly close look is given to Kenya, where in late 2007 a serious conflict occurred, based at least in part on an ethnic problem. Using the comprehensive interdisciplinary approach, this study aims to identify appropriate economic policies and governance for states that are characterized by ethnic diversity.

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