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Racism, xenophobia, and redistribution

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  • Woojin Lee

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    (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

  • John Roemer

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    (Yale University)

  • Karine van der Straeten

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    (CNRS and Ecole Polytechnique Paris)

Abstract

We report here a summary of our recent research on the effect that the race issue, in the United States, and the immigration issue in European countries, is having on the degree of redistribution and the size of the public sector that is implemented through political competition. We model political competition as taking place on a two dimensional policy space, where the first issue is the tax rate, or the size of the public sector, and the second issue is the race or immigration issue. Our substantive conclusion is that the conservative economic agenda has been given new life in many countries because of racist and xenophobic views of polities. JEL Categories: D3, D7, H2

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Paper provided by University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Economics in its series UMASS Amherst Economics Working Papers with number 2005-15.

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Date of creation: 2005
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Keywords: Racism; xenophobia; redistribution; anti-solidarity effect; policy bundle effect; party unanimity Nash equilibrium;

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