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Ethnic Diversity and Preferences for Redistribution: Reply

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  • Dahlberg, Matz

    () (Uppsala Center for Labor Studies)

  • Edmark, Karin

    () (Uppsala Center for Labor Studies)

  • Lundqvist, Heléne

    () (Uppsala Center for Labor Studies)

Abstract

In a comment to Dahlberg, Edmark and Lundqvist (2012), Nekby and Pettersson-Lidbom (2012) argue (i) that the refugee placement program should be measured with contracted rather than actually placed refugees, and claim that the correlation between the two measures is insignificant and close to zero; (ii) that instead of using the rotating individual panel, we should have used the full cross-sections in combination with municipality fixed effects; and (iii) that immigrants should be de ned based on country of birth rather than citizenship. In this response, we discuss why we (i) do not agree that contracted refugees is the preferred measure, and we show that the correlation between the two measures is highly significant and large; (ii) do not agree that the full cross-sections can be used; and (iii) do agree that defining immigrants according to country of birth is preferred. In a reanalysis, the conclusion from Dahlberg, Edmark and undqvist (2012) that ethnic diversity has a statistically and economically significant negative e ect on preferences for redistribution is only marginally affected.

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  • Dahlberg, Matz & Edmark, Karin & Lundqvist, Heléne, 2013. "Ethnic Diversity and Preferences for Redistribution: Reply," Working Paper Series, Center for Labor Studies 2013:2, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:uulswp:2013_002
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    1. Per-Anders Edin & Peter Fredriksson & Olof Åslund, 2004. "Settlement policies and the economic success of immigrants," Journal of Population Economics, Springer;European Society for Population Economics, vol. 17(1), pages 133-155, February.
    2. Olle Folke, 2014. "Shades Of Brown And Green: Party Effects In Proportional Election Systems," Journal of the European Economic Association, European Economic Association, vol. 12(5), pages 1361-1395, October.
    3. Nekby, Lena & Pettersson-Lidbom, Per, 2012. "Revisiting the Relationship between Ethnic Diversity and Preferences for Redistribution," Research Papers in Economics 2012:9, Stockholm University, Department of Economics.
    4. Matz Dahlberg & Karin Edmark & Heléne Lundqvist, 2012. "Ethnic Diversity and Preferences for Redistribution," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 120(1), pages 41-76.
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    Keywords

    Income redistribution; ethnic heterogeneity; immigration;

    JEL classification:

    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • D64 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Altruism; Philanthropy; Intergenerational Transfers
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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