Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/98934
Authors: 
Barone, Guglielmo
D'Ignazio, Alessio
De Blasio, Guido
Naticchioni, Paolo
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8228
Abstract: 
We analyze the impact of immigration on voting. Using Italian municipality data and IV estimation strategy, we find that immigration generates a sizable causal increase in votes for the centre-right coalition, which has a political platform less favorable to immigrants. Additional findings are: big cities behave differently, with no impact of immigration on electoral outcomes; gains in votes for the centre-right coalition correspond to loss of votes for the centre-left parties, a decrease in voter turnout, and a rise in protest votes; cultural diversity, competition in the labor market and for public services are the most relevant channels at work.
Subjects: 
immigration
voting
political economy
JEL: 
D72
P16
J61
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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