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Mr. Rossi, Mr. Hu and Politics: The Role of Immigration in Shaping Natives' Political Preferences

  • Barone, Guglielmo


    (Bank of Italy)

  • D'Ignazio, Alessio

    (Bank of Italy)

  • de Blasio, Guido


    (Bank of Italy)

  • Naticchioni, Paolo


    (University of Rome 3)

We analyze the impact of immigration on voting. Using Italian municipality data and IV estimation strategy, we find that immigration generates a sizable causal increase in votes for the centre-right coalition, which has a political platform less favorable to immigrants. Additional findings are: big cities behave differently, with no impact of immigration on electoral outcomes; gains in votes for the centre-right coalition correspond to loss of votes for the centre-left parties, a decrease in voter turnout, and a rise in protest votes; cultural diversity, competition in the labor market and for public services are the most relevant channels at work.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 8228.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: May 2014
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp8228
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