National identity and ethnic diversity

Masella, Paolo (2013) National identity and ethnic diversity. Journal of Population Economics, 26 (2). pp. 437-454. ISSN 0933-1433

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In countries with high levels of ethnic diversity, “nation building” has been proposed as a mechanism for integration and conflict reduction. We find no evidence of lower intensity of national sentiment in more ethnically fragmented countries or in minority groups. National feelings in a minority can be higher or lower than in a majority, depending on the degree of ethnic diversity of a country. On the one hand, in countries with high ethnic diversity, nationalist feelings are less strong in minority groups than in the majorities; on the other hand, in countries with low ethnic diversity, the reverse is true.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Paolo Masalla is the 2014 Kuznets Prize winner with his article National identity and ethnic diversity. The prize honors the best article published in the Journal of Population Economics in 2013. The prize will be awarded at ESPE 2014. Free access until July 31, 2014 at
Keywords: identity ethnic diversity nation building
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Paolo Masella
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2012 10:38
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2013 09:43
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