Comment 72033

By d.knox (registered) | Posted December 08, 2011 at 17:58:45 in reply to Comment 72024

I was curious, so I looked this up. Obviously a somewhat out of date study, and only one, but still, interesting.

Cultural Diversity and Economic Development: A Cross‐National Study of 98 Countries, 1960–1985 Brad Lian and John R. Oneal Economic Development and Cultural Change Vol. 46, No. 1 (October 1997), pp. 61-77

I'll summarize: assessed CD on variety of measures, (ethnic, linguistic, religious) controlled for significant influences. Conclusion: "Ethnic, linguistic, and religious differences are not significantly related to the growth rate in GDP per capita."

Is there an indirect influence considering stability in particular? (tested by regressing several measures of instability on indicators of cultural diversity) Conclusion: no relationship. "Economic and political factors provide a much better explanation than does the diversity of the polity."

"Finally, we considered whether political fragmentation is related to economic development." Conclusion: Nope.

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