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Are Political and Economic Integration Interwinded?

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  • Bernt Bratsberg

    (Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research and University of Oslo)

  • Giovanni Facchini

    (University of Nottingham, CEPR, CES-Ifo, CReAM, GEP and IZA)

  • Tommaso Frattini

    (Universita’ degli Studi di Milano, CEPR, CReAM, IZA and LdA)

  • Anna Cecilia Rosso

    (Universita’ degli Studi di Milano, LdA and CEP)

Abstract

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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  • Bernt Bratsberg & Giovanni Facchini & Tommaso Frattini & Anna Cecilia Rosso, 2019. "Are Political and Economic Integration Interwinded?," Development Working Papers 454, Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano, University of Milano.
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    Keywords

    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 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Political Economy of Capitalism

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