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  AEJApp_2019_0309_Replication 02/24/2020 09:05:AM

Project Citation: 

Bazzi, Samuel, and Gudgeon, Matthew. Replication Data for: The Political Boundaries of Ethnic Divisions. Nashville, TN: American Economic Association [publisher], 2020. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2020-12-17. https://doi.org/10.3886/E116802V1

Project Description

Summary:  View help for Summary We use a policy experiment in Indonesia to show how local political boundaries affect ethnic tension. Redrawing district borders along group lines reduces conflict. However, the gains in stability are undone or even reversed when new boundaries increase ethnic polarization. Greater polarization leads to more violence around majoritarian elections but has little effect around lower-stakes, proportional representation elections. These results point to distinct incentives for violence in winner-take-all settings with contestable public resources. Overall, our findings illustrate the promise and pitfalls of redrawing borders in diverse countries where it is infeasible for each group to have its own administrative unit.

Scope of Project

JEL Classification:  View help for JEL Classification
      D72 Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
      D74 Conflict; Conflict Resolution; Alliances; Revolutions
      H41 Public Goods
      H77 Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism; Secession
      O13 Economic Development: Agriculture; Natural Resources; Energy; Environment; Other Primary Products
      Q34 Natural Resources and Domestic and International Conflicts
Geographic Coverage:  View help for Geographic Coverage Indonesia


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