Together or Separate? Post-Conflict Partition, Ethnic Homogenization, and the Provision of Public Schooling

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    • Friday September 28, 2012
      2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Location: Old CE Building, Room G10
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Summary Sentence: Eik Swee, University of Melbourne, presents at School of Economics 2012 Fall Seminar Series

Full Summary: Presentation by Michael Price, University of Melbourne: "Together or Separate? Post-Conflict Partition, Ethnic Homogenization, and the Provision of Public Schooling".

The partitioning of political jurisdictions is becoming an increasingly common component of agreements to end ethnic conflict. While partitions have proved to be effective in achieving immediate peace, their effect on post-conflict recovery remains unclear. This paper studies the effects of the partition which ended the 1992-1995 Bosnian War on the post-war provision of public goods at the municipality-level. Comparing trends in the provision of public schooling across partitioned and unpartitioned municipalities during the 1986-2006 period, I find that partitioned municipalities provide 58 percent more primary schools and 37 percent more teachers (per capita). I also find evidence which suggests that convergent preferences for ethnically oriented schools – operating via ethnic politics – may be an important driver of the results. In addition, as the increase in public goods provision may be ethnically oriented, only the ethnic majority profits from this arrangement. These findings imply that partitions generate ethnic inequality that may undermine the sustainability of peace in the long run.


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Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, School of Economics, School of Literature, Media, and Communication, School of Modern Languages, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, School of History and Sociology, School of Public Policy

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economics, ethnic, post conflict, public schooling
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