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Ethnic Heterogeneity, Voting Partecipation and Local Economic Growth. The Case of Belgium

  • Alessandro Innocenti
  • Francesca Lorini
  • Chiara Rapallini


    (Dipartimento di Scienza per l'Economia e l'Impresa)

The paper analyzes the case of Belgium to provide insight into the relationships among ethnic heterogeneity, voting participation and local economic growth. We find that heterogeneity, and external and internal mobility reduce immigrants’ voting participation, while we do not find support for the hypothesis that voting participation is related to local economic growth, with the exception of Flanders, which is the most ethnically homogeneous region of Belgium. This finding is interpreted as showing that an increase in ethnic heterogeneity prevails over other factors in determining local economic performance via a decline in social capital.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 2014
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Handle: RePEc:frz:wpaper:wp2014_03.rdf
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