Nowadays, a large part of academia considers that there is a negative relationship between ethnic heterogeneity and the provision of public goods*. This perception can be found as well within society. Across the world we are witnessing the emergence of political movements that point to ethnic diversity* as detrimental to public services and a source of impoverishment.
In ETHNICGOODS we conceive a different interpretation based on a fact: researchers have systematically overlooked the historical dimension of the link between ethnic diversity and public goods provision. We consider that this factor could have a decisive role in this relationship.
Our main goal is to test if considering the historical processes of formation of modern nation-states would prove this negative association as spurious* and thus, likely to be incorrect. This would provide new evidence to refute the exclusionary claims advanced by nativist movements*.