Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/177768
Authors: 
Bellettini, Giorgio
Berti Ceroni, Carlotta
Monfardini, Chiara
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Quaderni - Working Paper DSE 1114
Abstract: 
We exploit a unique dataset merging data on individual socio-economic characteristics and political participation in an Italian municipality to investigate the relationship between ethnic diversity in residential neighborhoods and individuals' propensity to vote. We document a sizable negative impact of diversity on overall electoral turnout which reflects differential effects at the individual level, depending on household equivalent income. Specifically, we show that ethnic heterogeneity in the neighborhood reduces the political participation of the poor, while it fosters that of the more affluent. These results highlight a potential democratic deficit stemming from reduced and unequal electoral turnout in increasingly ethnically heterogeneous neighborhoods.
Subjects: 
Ethnic heterogeneity
Electoral turnout
Income
JEL: 
D720
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Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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