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Ethnic Concentration and Extreme Right-Wing Voting Behavior in West Germany

  • Verena Dill

Using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) and administrative data from 1996 to 2009, I investigate thequestion whether or not right-wing extremism of German residents is affected by the ethnic concentration of foreigners living in the same residential area. My results show a positive but insignificant relationship between ethnic concentrationat county level and the probability of extreme right-wing voting behavior for West Germany. However, due to potential endogeneity issues, I additionally instrument the share of foreigners in a county with the share of foreigners in each federal state (following an approach of Dustmann/Preston 2001). I find evidence for the interethnic contact theory, predicting a negative relationship between foreigners' share and right-wing voting. Moreover, I analyze the moderating role of education and the influence of cultural traits on this relationship.

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Paper provided by DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) in its series SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research with number 565.

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Length: 47 p.
Date of creation: 2013
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Handle: RePEc:diw:diwsop:diw_sp565
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