Provisions of Public Goods and Ethnic Status: Exploring Ethnic Inequality in East European Nations
AbstractMany on-going national secessionist movements are caused by ethnic tensions. These tensions are rooted in ethnic discrimination across many social and economic dimensions, including especially exclusion of minorities from the distribution of and access to public goods. In order identify central mechanisms behind discrimination; I analyze the relationship between ethnic status and provisions of public goods. The data I used is the World Bank's 2006 Life in Transition Survey (LiTS), conducted with the World Bank in 2006. The LiTS makes it possible to link ethnic status and provisions of public goods during the first 15 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union. My results show that public goods, including the provision of gas, sewage systems, clean water and central heating are highly correlated with citizens' ethnic status. I conclude that ethnic status is an important determinant of the provision of public goods and ethnic minorities are relying more on public goods. It means these groups of people are more vulnerable to economic recession and fiscal consolidations.Key words: Political dissatisfaction, ethic discrimination, access to public goods.
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