ETHNICGOODS is a five-year research project funded by a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant. It is hosted by the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals and led by Dr Matthias vom Hau.
Modern nation-states inevitably confront how to define national membership and regulate ethnic differences. Our goal is to map historical variations in nation-building policies and identify their unique consequences for a variety of substantive outcomes, including ethnic diversity, public service provision, and conflict. Based on this historical perspective, we will provide new evidence on the relationship between ethnic heterogeneity and development.