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Urban Extremism

  • Jan K. Brueckner

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    (Department of Economics, University of California-Irvine)

  • Amihai Glazer

    ()

    (Department of Economics, University of California-Irvine)

Consider two types of residents, who prefer two different values of a policy. A current majority in some city, seeking to increase the probability that it will set policy in the following period, may adopt current policies that are particularly unattractive to the minority, leading some members of the minority to emigrate. Such behavior can lead to extremist policies, to wasteful taxes, and to similar inefficiencies.

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Paper provided by University of California-Irvine, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 050620.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2006
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Handle: RePEc:irv:wpaper:050620
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