Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161227
Authors: 
Bracco, Emanuele
De Paola, Maria
Green, Colin P.
Scoppa, Vincenzo
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10604
Abstract: 
Immigration has increasingly taken centre-stage in the political landscape. Part of this has been rise in far-right, anti-immigration parties in a range of countries. Existing evidence suggests that the presence of immigrants has a substantial effect on the political views of the electorate, generating an advantage to these parties with anti-immigration or nationalist platforms. This paper explores a closely related but overlooked issue: how immigrant behavior is influenced by these parties. We focus on immigrant location decisions in Northern Italy which has seen the rise of the anti-immigration party Lega Nord. We construct a dataset of mayoral elections in Italy for the years 2002-2014, and calculate the effect of electing a mayor belonging to, or supported by Lega Nord. To identify this relationship we focus on mayors who have been elected with narrow margins of victory in a Regression Discontinuity framework. The election of Lega Nord mayor discourages immigrants from moving into the municipality.
Subjects: 
immigration
geographical mobility
voting behavior
political economy
regression discontinuity design
JEL: 
J15
J61
D72
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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