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Are political and economic integration intertwined?

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  • Frattini, Tommaso
  • Bratsberg, Bernt
  • Facchini, Giovanni
  • Rosso, Anna

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Economic incentives play a key role in the decision to run for office, but little is known on how they shape immigrants' selection into candidacy. We study this question using a two-period Roy model and show that if returns to labour market experience are higher for migrants than natives, migrants will be less likely to seek office than natives. We empirically assess this prediction using administrative data from Norway, a country with a very liberal regime for participation in local elections. Our results strongly support our theoretical model and indicate that immigrants' political and economic integration are closely intertwined.

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  • Frattini, Tommaso & Bratsberg, Bernt & Facchini, Giovanni & Rosso, Anna, 2019. "Are political and economic integration intertwined?," CEPR Discussion Papers 14041, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    Immigration; Local elections; Candidacy decision; Labour markets;
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    JEL classification:

    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • J45 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Public Sector Labor Markets
    • P16 - Political Economy and Comparative Economic Systems - - Capitalist Economies - - - Capitalist Institutions; Welfare State

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